Hi, Baybreeze, and welcome to the fibromyalgia forum! All I can say is...WOW! You do have your problems. Some of these things sound like fibro and other sound like back problems.
I have had fibromyalgia for many years. I too get the tingling in my hands and sometimes my feet. If you have pain in your hands and lower arms you could possibly have carpal tunnel...another symptom many frbromites share. I have had buzzing in various parts of my body and I've had some facial numbness...mainly my lower lip and chin area. When I bring my head forward, I can feel pain going down into my shoulder blades. All of this is frightening, I know, but, if you have been thoroughly checked out for other illnesses and come back negative, this is probably caused by fibromyalgia. It's so easy for doctors to roll that name off their tongue and send you on your way...right? GRRRR
I have some back problems too due to scoliosis. I can not sleep on my back at all. If I do, my hands and feet and sometimes my arms go numb. This may be what is happening to you. I sleep on my sides. When I get on my side, I wedge a pillow behind my back. This way I can be on my side or partially on my back. But I can't lay totally on my back...even in an elevated position like you are sleeping. Besides, you are putting pressure on your lower back by keeping your head elevated. See if you can sleep on your side with the pillow wedged behind your back. This may help you. I know it helps me a lot.
Check out the Fibro 101 thread that Lyn told you about. It is the second thread on the forum. There are links to all sorts of info about fibromyalgia including a list of symptoms. You may be surprised how many of them that you have! There is a link to great stretching exercises and these are done sitting down. This may help loosen up the muscles for you. Walk whenever you can. The more you sit or lay, the stiffer you will be and your pain will be greater. Also in the Fibro 101 thread is a link to What Else Could It Be? You want all that ruled out. But, you are seeing a rheumy so he/she probably has ruled out Lyme, MS, etc. Most of us have gone through that route.
Hot showers help with fibro pain...actually any moist heat. I have a rice bag that I heat in the microwave that gives off moist heat for up to a half an hour and it really feels good. I also get light massages. You need to make sure the therapist knows all about fibro so that the masssages are light. They have helped me, too. I do the stretching exercises a lot and I walk daily. When the weather isn't good, I have a walking-in-place video that I use. The more I move, the better I am.
Enochroot mentioned the malic acid/magnesium supplements. I take those and they have helped me a lot. They don't help everyone but many here have had good success with them. There is a link in the Fibro 101 thread all about them along with information on how they work in the body and also a double blind study that was done using them. Read that and see what you think.
Lastly, you mentioned cramping. You could possibly have a potassium deficiency. Bananas, potatoes, and tea are a few good sources of potassium. I had cramping in my legs and feet but, when I started taking 1,200 mg. of Citracal (calcium citrate) the cramping stopped. I was surprised so I googled it and saw that low calcium can cause cramping, too! So that's something to think about, too. Not everything is caused by fibro...but it sure is easy to think that since there are so many symptoms.
You will have to try various things to see what help you with your pain. Some members love Lyrica and other hated it and stopped it. It makes no sense to put drugs in your body if they are not helping you at all. You should talk to your doctor about this and maybe they will try something different for you. It's trial and error with fibromyalgia. What works for one won't work for another. That's another mystery of fibromyalgia.
Meanwhile, let us know how you are and ask questions. We are here to help you. Also, read back posts. There is a world of info in them. I'm so glad you joined us and I hope to hear more from you soon!
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