A good place to start with pain management is to get a referral to the STEPS Programme which is run at the Fremantle and Royal Perth Hospitals. Medicare Local is starting the STEPS program in other areas of the city. Hospitals in other states have their own versions and programmes.
STEPS stands for ‘Self-Training Educative Pain Sessions’. The STEPS Programme is 8 hours over 2 days.
Orientation to active pain management -clinical psych Pacing skills & goal setting –OT Patients discuss their own pain stories –clinical psych Education on pain physiology & movement –physio
PNI education, distress & load reduction skills -clinical psych Education on evidence-based medical options -doctor
The main aspects of nutrition that can aid in reducing and managing fibromyalgia symptoms are general nutrition, supplements and avoiding foods that aggravate fibromyalgia symptoms. There have been some minor studies conducted in this area, and more information is becoming available all the time in support of their benefits.