Why Smoking Can Be More Harmful to Those With Fibromyalgia
Unfortunately, a high number of individuals who have fibromyalgia smoke, perhaps partially due to the stress the illness causes. In addition to the diseases and distress smoking causes, it can worsen your fibromyalgia symptoms; you may experience an increase in pain, fatigue, stiffness and debility if you smoke.
There are a multitude of reasons to quit smoking if you have fibromyalgia.
1. Inflammation and Symptoms Worsen When You Smoke
Fibromyalgia causes inflammation, which results in pain and other symptoms. On top of this, tobacco also causes widespread inflammation — meaning smokers who have fibromyalgia are left feeling worse.
Smoking also damages your immune system, which is already compromised by fibromyalgia. You need to keep your immune system as healthy as possible by not engaging in smoking and other activities that harm immune system health.
Here’s how finding the right fibromyalgia specialist could ensure that you receive the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment for you.