Hi, Mom, and welcome! You do have your hands full and the stress that you are going through isn't helping matters either. Stress can make the fibro worse. I'm glad to see that you are getting some help from your children. They need to pitch in more so the three of you are each doing 1/3 of the work. You are working and they are going to school. When everyone gets home, you all can get things in order in a short period of time. Then you will have time for each other, too.
Hot showers really help a lot. Also Bed Buddies feel great. You can get these at Walgreens and other places or you can make your own. Take a tube sock, fill it 2/3's full of raw rice, and tie a knot at the top. You can put this in the microwave and it gives off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice.
You have been already directed to the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There is a link in that thread that has good stretching exercises that can be done sitting down. You could do some of this while at your desk at work. It helps keep the muscles flexible. If you sit or lay too long you will be stiff as a board! So, these should help you out. Also, get up as much as possible. Walking is a wonderful exercise, too, and that has helped me a lot.
You are just starting to learn how to control your pain. Once you get control you will be surprised what you really can do with fibro. Yes, you will have flares, but you will also have better times, too. I have had it for 22 years and have had a wonderful life with fibro. I don't let it stop me. I just find ways to work around it. So far, so good!
Read the Fibro 101 thread, back post, and ask questions. We are here to help you. I'm so glad you found us and joined in! Hope to hear more from you soon.
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