Hi, Schnook, and welcome! I'm so glad to joined us. I'm sorry we have to meet this way but I think we can help you. You have come to a great forum! We have wonderful people here with good ideas that will help you live a full and enjoyable life with fibromyalgia. The bonus is that we really do care about each other.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibromyalgia...including a list of symptoms and also a list of good stretching exercises that really do help. There is also a link called, "Doctor's Respond to New York Times Article" that helps to explain this illness to people that have a hard time understanding it...like your husband.
I take ibuprofen (with food) and Tylenol to help my pain and I also take malic acid/magnesium supplements for pain and fatigue. These have helped me but they don't help everyone. There is a link in the Fibro 101 thread all about them. Read about them and how they work in our body and see what you think!
Moist heat is wonderful for fibro. Hot showers really help. Some here have something called a Bed Buddy. You put it in the microwave and then it gives off moist heat. You can find them at Walgreen's and other places. You can make your own, too! You can take a tube sock, fill it 2/3's full of uncooked long grain rice (not instant) and then tie a knot on the end. You microwave this and it will give off moist heat!
You need to keep moving with fibro. If you sit or lay too much, you will be stiff as a board and also in more pain. The gentle stretching exercises help keep those muscles stretched. Also walking is wonderful and, if you have access to a pool, water exercises help.
You need to pace yourself, too. You can't do what you used to do in the same amount of time. It takes me several days to clean my home. The work gets done but not in the same timeframe. Your body will tell you if you've done too much...trust me on that one! You will learn what you can and cannot do to help with your pain and fatigue.
Having fibro isn't fun but it isn't the end of the world either! I have had fibro for 21 years and have had a wonderful life so far. I've traveled around the world and I haven't let fibro get in the way. You can always find ways around fibro to do the things you want to do. We can help in that department, too. Besides, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor really help with this illness. You will get doses of both on this forum.
Be sure to read back posts and ask questions! That's what we are here for. I'm so glad you found us and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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