All morning I have been reading posts and nodding my head. I, too, take medication. I take Effexor for anxiety and just began Lyrica about 4 months ago. The Effexor is a great help. The Lyrica helped me sleep without pain immediately, but I still experience pain and stiffness throughout the day.
My main pains are in my neck and down my back. The inside of my elbows hurt, too. Some morning I wake up and my hips hurt. I teach, and I squat a lot when I am working the kids. Getting up is always a challenge because my knees get stiff and then hurt.
I have discovered so many things reading these postings that I did not connect to my fibro. Dry or wet heat? I'll take either. I love a hot shower in the morning because it seems to help me get going. Sometimes I feel like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. But what I didn't realize is that my intolerance to humid weather was connected to this. I have actually cried in the summer time when we have a stretch of humid days. (I live in New England).
Another big connection that you all made for me is my desire to rip my bra off! I never made that connection! I am always tugging and adjusting. Although I am not overly endowed, I am a full C cup. I much prefer no bra, but not wearing one at all is just uncomfortable (gravity is the enemy there I think). I have had some success with sports bras, though.
I need to check into the vitamin D deficiency thing. That has never come up with my doctors. I did start taking fish oil Omega 3 gel tabs this morning. They are suppose to help with memory. We'll see.
Right now my biggest stuggle with my fibro is the fatigue. As I said earlier, I teach, and at the end of a day I just can't wait to get home to lay down and take a nap before my husband gets home. The struggle with this is that my 6 year old granddaughter lives with us with her dad (he is divorced and has custody) and when she is home in the afternoon with me, her energy just sucks the rest of mine out of me.
At any rate, I'm glad that I have found all you.