Hi Melisana and welcome to the family. Sorry you had to join our family but you will be happy you did. I'm glad you finally got through to your doc that something was wrong. I had to do the same thing before mine took the fatigue I was having back then seriously, wasn't even having that much pain yet but I knew the fatigue could no longer be explained away.
Be sure you read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains a lot of great info about many things.
I'm not a big fan of meds either, actually, I have a med phobia and go into an anxiety attack thinking about starting a new med. I take 100 mg of amitriptyline at bedtime, I was on this for anxiety and depression when I was dxd with fibro. I don't seem to have as much pain as many others on the forum so I think it does help. I tried cutting back almost two years ago and went into the worst two week flare I have ever had and not had one since. I have never tried Lyrica or any of the other meds that are out now for fibro. I did try neurontin (old version of lyrica) for a few days but didn't like the way it made me feel so stopped, but a lot of that is my medphobia. So I do know that I don't give meds a chance that might help me.
I did relent and started taking a little vicodin a few months ago out of desperation but only when I can't stand the pain any longer. I have osteo arthritis in my upper neck, hands and lower back and that drove me to the vicodin more than fibro did. I use heat in any form. Many of us use bed buddies you can buy or make your own out of a long tube sock filled with uncooked rice and tie the end shut and put it in the microwave for a few minutes to heat it. I try very hard to keep as much stress out of my life as possible but with my family that is impossible so there are many things I have to put in God's hands or I would have lost it years ago. I use distraction when I'm in pain by getting on the forum and try to help others or play a game on the computer that takes my mind off the pain.
You have to keep moving no matter how bad you feel, sitting or laying all day will only make the pain worse. There are some stretching exercises on the fibro 101 thread that are very good. You will figure out in time how much exercise is good for you and how much is too much, we are all different.
These things are just what I do personally and not one treatment works for everyone so it is trial and error to you figure out what works and doesn't work for you. It would be nice if the treatment was cut and dried and the same for all but as weird as fibro is, it's not.
luv and hugs
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