Hi, Creative, and welcome! I was diagnosed much like you have been. My Internist diagnosed me after ruling out other illnesses. Actually, many with fibro have to see several doctors because they haven't found a doctor that believes in fibro! There are still doctors out there that think it's all in your head! But, seeing the rheumatologist will take that question mark out of your mind.
I think part of the problem is you don't know what to do next so you really are having problems handling this diagnosis. I could be wrong but I thought that after you said he patted you on the head and sent you home. You see, the problem is that doctors don't know what causes this illnesses and there is no set medication that helps everyone. It's a case of trial and error to see what works best for us. If you read back posts, you will see that there is a large variety of medications that people are taking on the forum. You just have to find what works best for you.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 for my pain and fatigue.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there that can help you. There are links about malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D in Fibro 101. Also, read back posts. There is a world of information in them.
You do need to keep moving. Sitting and laying too much will make you stiff as a board and cause more pain. Gentle stretching and gentle exercises are great. There are some stretching exercises in Fibro 101 that really do help. I walk as my gentle exercise and I always feel better and have more energy when I get back from a walk. If you have access to a pool, swimming is a good exercise for you, too.
Hot baths and showers feel great! You can get a Bed Buddy from Walgreens or other places that gives off moist heat. You can make your own, too, by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of long grained rice, and tying a knot at the end. Pop it in the microwave and it gives off moist heat that feels wonderful on those achy muscles.
Lastly, attitude plays a big part in fibro. I keep a positive outlook on life and look forward to each new day with anticipation. I can do that because fibro waxes and wanes when it comes to pain so I will have good days along with the bad days. If I'm having a bad day, I dig into my hobby...genealogy. That takes my mind off the pain and it fades in the background.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in! Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you soon.
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