Hi, drvolcom, and welcome to the fibromyalgia forum! I'm not sure if lifting weights could have caused the fibromyalgia because the doctors don't even know what causes it! I was sitting in my living room watching television when fibromyalgia hit me. So, you may never know how this happened to you.
You have come to the right place though. I have had fibro for 21 years and have lived a full and enjoyable life! You can too! You need to find a doctor that will help you with your pain. There are medications out there that can make the pain more controllable. Since you lifted weights, I assume you try to keep yourself healthy. Some members have had good success with malic acid/magnesium supplements! There is a link all about them in the Fibro 101 thread that Marlee suggested that you read. It is full of information about these supplements and how they work in the body. I started taking them in December and they have really helped with pain and fatigue. So, check that out and speak with your doctor and your pharmacist about this.
Hot showers and moist heat really help. Rice bags that you heat in the microwave give off moist heat, too. Gentle stretching exercises help with the muscle pain. In the Fibro 101 thread there is a link to Great Stretching Exercises and they really do help. Walking is one of the best exercises for you. You really have to keep moving. If you sit or lay around a lot, you will be stiff as a board! You need to keep moving and living your life.
You also need to learn how to pace yourself. You can't do things in the same timeframe as you used to. Your pain increases if you do. I will do some work and then take a break. Then work some more and take another break. If you have a desk job, you can use those stretching exercises to help keep your muscles limber, since they are done sitting down! Also, you should get up and walk around for a few minutes. This will help with the pain.
Keep a log of how you feel doing certain things and take this with you to see your doctor. Let them know the pain you are in and they should be able to help you. You will have pain with fibro but you should be in control of it...not let it control you! Keep a positive attitude, look forward to each new day, since no one knows what the future holds for them, and keep a good sense of humor. These things help a lot too.
Keep coming to this forum, keep posting, and reading other posts. We all help one another and also we have a few laughs. We welcome you! It's great to have another man on the forum. You will be joining John and Jokat!
Let us know how you are doing. We really do care. I hope to hear more from you soon!
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