Hi, Sangiro! I'm so glad you joined us and now we know a little about you. I have had fibro for almost 22 years and don't have a clue how I got it. Some think it's from a virus, others a nerve problem, others an accident, others an illness, others emotional problems, and the list goes on and on and on! But, one thing nearly all of us have in common is a Type A personality! You'll get over that, too! You will HAVE to learn how to relax and not stress over the least little thing. It's good to do the very best job you can but you don't have to obsess over it.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to a lot of good information about fibromyalgia including symptoms and some good stretching exercises that really do help. You will find some information that you could print out and show the doctors in South Africa. Who knows? One might become quite interested in the illness and it might put two and two together for other patients they have seen.
I do not take narcotics for fibromyalgia. I use ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol for the pain. I also take malic acid/magnesium supplements for pain and fatigue. There is a link in the Fibro 101 thread all about these supplements and how they work in your body. I also get mine on line so that might be a big help for you in South Africa!
Moist heat helps with the pain. Hot showers and Bed Buddies are nice. You can make your own bed buddy by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of raw long grained rice, and tying a knot on the end. Voila! a homemade bed buddy! You can microwave this and it gives off moist heat. The moisture is in the rice.
You do need to keep moving as much as possible. Sitting and laying to long will make you stiff as a board. Walking and water exercise is really helpful...if you have access to a pool. Also, pacing yourself helps. You can't do everything you did before fibro in the same time frame. Your body will tell you when you have overdone!
Fibro fog. Mine comes and goes. I used to teach so I know how difficult it must be taking courses and trying to remember what you have read. I think the best you can do, besides what you have done already, is try not to stress over it. For me, stress makes it worse and the harder I try to remember, the more I can't and I become angry and frustrated. Try to relax and don't start thinking that you won't remember things on a test. That can become a self-fulfilling prophecy! Trust that God has given you a good mind and that you will remember all that you have studied. The confidence could help you a lot. Maybe even try to give yourself "mini-tests" or enlist the help of a friend to quiz you. In your non-academic life, use your sense of humor about the fog. You might as well get a chuckle out of some of the dumb things you do. I've tried to start my car with the key to my freezer...twice! You just have to laugh.
You have come to a very good place. We have good people with great ideas to help you live a full and enjoyable life with fibromyalgia. A positive attitude is a big plus and, from what you wrote at the end of your post, I don't think you will have a problem in that department! Attitude, faith, perseverence...these all play a part in how you will feel. Counting your blessings and focusing on things other than how you feel help greatly, too.
So, read the Fibro 101 thread, back posts, and ask questions. We are here to help you. You take care, have a terrific day, and I hope to hear more from you soon!
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