I have to be honest and tell you that I spent close to two years in bed. It was horrible, I listened to my life going by through the bedroom window. I aged two years during this time. So I really felt a loss.
I have to use medications to be able to function. I have to take narcotic pain medications (hydrocodone, called Norco) to deal with muscle pain. I still have pain, but it is barable.
I take Adderall to be able to stay awake during daytime hours. If it weren't for that, I would be in bed.
Also I take antidepressants, effexor, xanax and abilify. The abilify is a more recent medication and helps a little with energy too. I do take ambien for sleep, though I could sleep forever, I don't get a restful sleep. I am still always tired.
There are others who use over the counter medications, also diet. I try to use meditation when I am stressed. Stress just makes the pain worse.
I really would encourage your mom to go to the fibro forum. With fibromyalgia you feel so isolated and alone. Like you are the only one with these symptoms. Also you tend to wonder if you are crazy. The forum reinforces that you aren't the only one, you are not alone and you are not crazy.
I wish you luck and if there is any thing else you would like to ask me, I am here. I might not get back right away, but I will be back.
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies