Hi, Philly, and welcome! I've had flares last nearly a year. There are no set rules with fibro.
Have your doctors checked out vitamin and mineral levels? I used to have bad leg cramping and foot cramping...to the point my feet would become distorted right before my eyes. My doctor gave me Quinine that that helped a lot. Then I got osteoporosis and had to take extra calcium. And you know what? The cramping stopped when I started taking the extra calcium! I take Citracal (calcium citrate) because it's the easiest absorbed. I take one in the morning and one in the evening and there is calcium in my multiple vitamin too. I checked on the Internet and found out that a deficiency in calcium can cause cramping!
I also found out I'm deficient in vitamin D. That can lead to more pain and fatigue. I now am taking 2,000 IU of D a day and feel a lot better.
Many with fibro are lacking in malic acid and magnesium. I started taking malic acid/magnesium supplements and they have helped me with pain and fatigue, too. So, there are some basic things that, if you are deficient, can cause a world of problems.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good info all about fibromyalgia...including a link all about the malic acid/magnesium supplements and how they work in the body. They don't work for everyone but many have had good results taking this...including me!
You do need to keep moving, too. If you sit or lay too much you will be stiff as a board and you will have more pain. There are some gentle stretching exercises in the Fibro 101 thread and also walking is wonderful for fibro.
Moist heat feels great with fibro. Hot showers or using a Bed Buddy feels so good. You can find Bed Buddies at Walgreen's and other places or you can make your own. Take a tube sock, fill it 2/3's full of raw long grain rice, and tie a knot at the end. Then you microwave it and it gives off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice!
I'm so glad you found us! You have come to a good place. We will help you as much as possible. Read back posts and ask questions. We are here to help you. You take care and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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