Hi, Katie, and welcome! You have come to a good place to get your questions answered and also get a lot of support. We have wonderful people on this forum that have good ideas on how to live a full and enjoyable life with fibro. The bonus is that we REALLY do care about each other! So welcome! We love getting new members to our fibro family.
I have Crohn's too and it used to be my main health concern. Now it's the fibromyalgia. But, I have learned how to control the pain and, sometimes, ignore it so I can live my life the way I want to. A positive attitude and a good sense of humor, especially with the fibrofog, is very beneficial.
I'm glad you found the Fibro 101 thread. There is a lot of info on that. Check out the link about the malic acid/magnesium supplements. I started taking these last December and they have really helped me. They don't work for everyone but it's worth a shot to help get some relief from pain and fatigue. These don't take away the pain but it has lessened it for me. Read all about them in that link and see what you think.
Hot showers and moist heat help with fibro, too. Many use Bed Buddies that you heat in the microwave that give off moist heat. I saw some in Walgreens but I'm sure they are sold elsewhere, too. Gentle stretching exercises found in the Fibro 101 thread are really good, too. You need to keep moving with fibro. If you sit or lay too long you will be stiff as a board and the pain will be worse. Walking is a good exercise, along with water exercises if you have access to a pool.
Meanwhile, read back posts and ask questions. That's what we are here for! I'm so glad that you joined in and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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