Hi, imbaffld, and welcome! I'm glad that you found us and joined in. I had plantar faciitis really bad and could barely stand to put my feet on the ground. It felt like someone was driving a stake through my heels. I heard about Birkenstock shoes, tried them, and that took care of the plantar faciitis. It took a few months but the shoes stretch that tendon and the pain eventually went away. I advised a friend of mine to try them because she had the same problem and they worked for her too. It sure beat having cortisone shots in the heels...that doesn't work half the time!
But, I did want to say that when I first started wearing them, I hated them. They made me carry myself correctly so my knees and back hurt. But I started wearing them only a few hours a day at first and by the end of one month I was used to wearing them. I can walk through airports now with these shoes and they are very comfortable for me.
For pain and fatigue, you might want to try malic acid/magnesium supplements. They don't help everyone but they have helped quite a few, including me. Many with fibro are deficient in these nutrients.
Many with fibro seem to be deficient in vitamin D, also. That deficiency can cause pain and fatigue, too. I'm presently taking 3,500 IU of D3 a day to get me in the normal range. You might want to ask your doctor about these things.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to information about fibromyalgia, including a link all about malic acid/magnesium supplements and how they work in the body.
Meanwhile, read back posts and ask questions. We are here to help you. I'm glad you are here and I hope to hear more from you soon.
Like many fibromites fatigue and pain are my main problems.
After reading an article on DRibose and its affect on fatigue, I ordered orange flavored chewable tablets. After 2-3 days, I noticed an improvement in my fatigue. My energy level is not great, but it is better. I chew 3 1500 mg tablets per day. If necessary I take it twice a day. This is not a cure, if I miss a dose I know it.
After reading the article on this site about Malic Acid, I ordered 600mg capsules of Malic Acid and magnesium. I take 4 capsules per day. It helps the pain. It is not a pain pill and it is not a cure. But it does help me. Like DRibose, if I quit taking it, I'm miserable in a day or two.
I also take additional Vitamin D.
Hope this is helpful Imbaffld. We're here for you.