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Managing Fibromyalgia

People with fribomyalgia can use yoga to relieve their symptoms and manage their disease.

By Timothy McCall, M.D.

Find a community. The love and support of a community can be therapeutic. Try the Fibromyalgia Network at (800) 853-2929 or visit The network publishes a newsletter and provides educational materials.

Timothy McCall is Yoga Journal's medical editor. To suggest story ideas for future columns, e-mail You can also find him through his Web site,

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I have been in remission, pain and prescription free, from this horrific disease for over 10 years thanks to the life-altering body, mind, spirit wellness work of Joy of Healing. After trying everything available both medically and holistically, this amazing work came to my rescue just as I was ready to go into a nursing home as I could no longer function on my own. I agree that yoga, aqua-size, diet etc. are important but for me I needed more and Joy of Healing was the answer.


Chronic pain from fibromyalgia is very debilitating and a common cause of lack of sleep and depression.A good diet high in fruits and vegetables, and massage help in dealing with it .I find the videos and natural pain solutions at Imbue Body are also very helpful.

Sharon Levin

Becky - the optimal times for yoga BREATHING and meditation with guided imagery is 1st thing in the morning after the poor quality sleep, or even, as you progress, you will find CD's such as Dr Bernie Siegel, or DEL PE, able to put you back to sleep at any time of the night. Repeat this practice as you are at home, 3 times a day, and once in the night to relax yourself. In order to stretch one musthave warm muscles, so bath am, noon, pm before 1030pm. Stop any form of exercise at 5pm. If you would like help kindly use my HELPLINE for fibromyalgia Support 011 485 5848 and leave a message. I am so sorry that you are not well and, having 'been in that dark place', hope you will take the next step after this MAG, and reach out - lots of help available. Sharon Levin

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