Post Edited (crazykitty) : 12/11/2009 8:11:06 AM (GMT-7)
HI, Shanbr, and welcome! The symptoms of fibro are very similar to other illnesses so that's why you need to be tested for the others to rule them out. There is a link on the Fibro 101 thread called What Else Could It Be. You will see what I mean.
It looks like the Lyrica is helping you and that is wonderful! Some love it and some hate it. That's another problem with fibro. Everyone is different and reacts differently to the medications available. You usually have to try many things to see what help you. I'm glad the Lyrica is helping you that much.
It is important to keep moving. If you sit or lay too long, you will be stiff as a board. When you hurt, you don't want to move but you need to. There are some great stretching exercises on Fibro 101 that really do help. Exercising is important so walking is my forum of exercise. I do swim, also. Both are excellent for fibro. Even if you only walk a little, every day you should see that you can go a little further. If you are in a cold climate, there are some great walking in place videos out there. I use one by Leslie Sansone.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in! Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. I hope to hear more from you soon.