Hi, Shar, and welcome! I'm happy you found us and joined in. I, too, use ibuprofen with food but I NEVER take more than 2,400 mg a day...the highest safe amount. If I take two (400 mg) they don't help me a bit but if I take 3 (600 mg) at a time, I do get relief. I will take three every six or eight hours. (I also take Prilosec to help protect my stomach. My doctor says it protects the stomach from ulcers 70% of the time and those are pretty good odds. It did help with the acid reflux, too.) If I'm in a flare, I will take a couple of extra strength Tylenol to take the edge off, too. I'm never without pain but I have control of the pain and can live an enjoyable life.
I also use malic acid/magnesium supplements and extra vitamin D3. There are links in the Fibro 101 thread all about these and how they work in the body.
You do need to keep moving with fibro. If you sit or lay too much, you will be stiff as a board. Gentle stretching and gentle exercises really do help with the pain and help keep the muscles flexible. There are some good stretching exercises in the Fibro 101 thread. My form of exercise is walking and I will also swim. Both of these are good for fibro.
I wish I had an answer to what helps with the fog. The best thing I found was a good sense of humor. I try to concentrate as much as possible to help me remember but I still mess up all of the time. I just remembered a book I read years ago that helped me but I can't find my copy now. I'm going to buy another copy and reread it. It really did help me. It's called The Memory Book.
I'm so glad you joined our fibro family. I am looking forward to hearing more from you soon.
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 11/1/2009 11:08:41 AM (GMT-7)
Be sure and start the malic acid/magnesium supplements slowly. Magnesium can cause diarrhea so you want you have your body get used to it. I've explained this in the link about malic acid in Fibro 101. I hope these work for you!