Hi, Stephsmom, and welcome! Boy, you are having a rough time, aren't you. Fibro can be a real pain!
Merrygirl is correct is stating you should have Lyme ruled out, too. It does have many of the same symptoms as fibro. A blood test is used to rule it out.
I had the same problem with my thumb as you have with your thumbs. Just a slight tap could cause me to see stars! I could barely hold a pen to write checks and was practicing how to write with my left hand. Then, is started feeling better. After about six months I had no pain in that thumb! That's how fibro is with me. If I wait long enough, whatever was bothering me disappears but pain pops up someplace else.
I use malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 to help with pain and fatigue. Many with fibro are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients. There are links about both of these in Fibro 101. It's worth bouncing off your doctor. They both have helped me.
You do need to keep moving with fibro. If you sit or lay too much, you will be stiff as a board and the pain will be worse. There are some gentle stretching exercises in Fibro 101 that really help and they can be done sitting down. That's perfect if you have a desk job. You also need a gentle exercise to do regularly. Walking and swimming are my choices. When I started walking, I only could go four houses down and needed to turn around and come back home. But every day I could go a little further. Now I start my day by walking my dog at least one mile. I do gardening, heavy cleaning, etc. I feel so much better if I keep moving and using my muscles. But, I don't overdo. I pace myslef. I wouldn't dream of heading to the gym for a workout. So use good judgement. Your body will tell you if you did too much. Pretty soon you will know what you can and cannot do.
They say that fibro isn't progressive. I'm not sure, myself. I'll feel worse and am pretty sure it is progressive and then I'll have a good period of time! So, I just take one day at a time and enjoy that day. I know I can do that. I also look forward to each new day with anticipation in hopes it will be one of my better days. No matter how I feel, I still will have a good day!
I had the foot cramping a few years ago. Then I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and started taking two Citracal tablets a day ad the cramping went away! I checked it out and low calcium can cause cramping. That could be what is going on with you.
Fibro fog...your problems with your memory...can be frustrating. When it first started happening to me, I thought I was getting Alzheimer's! A good sense of humor helps a lot with the cognitive memory problems we can have. Stressing over it can make it worse. So, try to relax about it. It's most likely fibro. I'm nearly 63 years old and it has remained about the same for me over the past 12 years.
Attitude plays an important part with this illess. I look at all I can do and don't think about what I have problems doing. I remain happy, positive, and when a problem arises with fibro, I find a way to work around it. I control the fibro, not fibro controlling me. Once you have the upper hand, it won't seem overwhelming to you.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in. It is nice having someone that understands this illness. So many don't. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Take deep breaths, relax, and take one day at a time. We will get through this together. I hope to hear more from you soon.
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