Hi, Debbie, and welcome! I so glad you found us and joined our family. We have wonderful members that love to help one another and, as a bonus, we really do care about each other, too.
I'm sorry you are having to deal with this illness. It's not fun. You do need a doctor that believes in fibromyalgia. I see a board certified Internist but many see a rheumatologist for their fibro.
Fibro is a weird illness. The doctors don't know what causes it so that's one big problem. Another big problem is that what works for one patient doesn't necessarily work for another. So this means that you have to become a very active participant in your illness. You will have to try things and see if they work for you. That's what we all have and are doing here.
I have my pain under control now. I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D 3 to help with my pain and fatigue. I also do gentle stretching exercises and I have daily gentle exercise...walking. I also swim. When I started out walking, I could only go four houses down in my development and had to come back. But I kept it up and went a little further each day and now I start out my day with a mile walk with my dog and go from there. The exercise really does lessen the pain, once your muscles get accustomed to it (if you have been sedentary). This also helps with your fatigue, too.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro in there and you will learn a lot. There are links about malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D 3 and how these work in your body.
A positive attitude helps a lot with this illness. If we dwell on how we feel, we will feel worse. I keep busy and focus on other things that bring me happiness. I enjoy walking, gardening, genealogy, etc. and when doing these things, the pain fades in the background.
You want to be in control of your life...not fibromyalgia being in control of your life. You can have a full and enjoyable life in spite of this illness. I know because I have had a good life so far. Look forward to each new day with anticipation because it might be a really good one. Fibro waxes and wanes. If it's not a good day, that's still fine because you can handle one day. One day at a time. Meanwhile, try different things and find what will help you control your pain. We are here to help you so don't hesitate to ask questions.
I'm glad you are here and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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