Hi, Cat, and welcome! Boy, you have been through an awful lot...especially considering your age! I'm so sorry you have had all of the health problems but perhaps you are now on a better road to better health.
Fibro is a real pain...literally! But, the goal is for you to have control over fibromyalgia. If you don't, it will control so many aspects of your life. You will find things that can help with the pain and that will help you work around the fibro.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibro. You can learn a lot there and this can help you, too. There are also links that can help your husband try to understand what you are going through and that, yes, this is a very real and very painful condition.
GENTLE massages help with fibro. There is no way I would allow someone to massage me that didn't know what they were doing. You are just asking for more pain! My massage therapist has studied fibro and knows how to massage people with fibro and not cause more pain.
Laying or sitting too much will make you stiff as a board and will cause more pain. You do need to keep moving. There are some good gentle stretching exercises in the Fibro 101 thread that really do help. Also, gentle exercises are wonderful for fibro. My form of exercise is walking. I have a pool so I swim too so, if you have access to a pool, that is a wonderful exercise, too. I walk a mile each morning before breakfast and sometimes later in the afternoon, too. The exercise raises the serotonin levels in the brain and that helps with the pain and also with depression. I always feel better and have more energy after my walk.
I use malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 to help with pain and fatigue. Many people with fibro are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients. I live in Florida with all of the sunshine and I'm taking 3,500 IU of D3 a day and I'm still not quite up in the normal range! I see that you are deficient in vitamin D, also. There are links about malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D in the Fibro 101 thread.
I also use ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol but see that you can't take these. But, keep searching. You will find what works for you and you will get your life back! I've had fibro for over two decades and have had a full and enjoyable life in spite of it. I keep a positive outlook and look forward to each new day with anticipation and that helps, too. Also, I keep busy and when I focus on something else, the pain fades some in the background.
I'm so glad you found us and joined our fibro family! Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you soon.
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 11/4/2009 4:27:49 AM (GMT-7)