Hi, NanaNan, and welcome! You have definitely come to a good place. We have wonderful members that love to help each other, as you have already found out, and also really do care about one another, too. I'm so glad you found us and joined in.
I see you have already been directed to the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good info all about fibro. One is great stretching exercises that you can do sitting down. I know you don't get that opportunity too often teaching but, if you do, you can do them at your desk and they would help keep the muscles more flexible.
I am guessing that you are an elementary teacher since you are squatting a lot. I think if I were still in the classroom (taught 4th grade) I'd invest in a little stool on wheels, the kind that doctors use, and scoot around to the kids. This would sure help those knees and aching back and still be able to get down to their level.
I use ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol for my pain. I also take malic acid/magnesium supplements and they have really helped me a lot with pain and fatigue. They don't work for everyone but many on the forum have had success with them. There is a link all about them, and how they work in your body, in the Fibro 101 thread.
I also take vitamin D because I have a deficiency. I live in Florida so who would have "thunk"! Many with fibro do have a vitamin D deficiency so it is worth getting it checked out. I understand that it can cause more pain and fatigue, too. I know I'm taking less ibuprofen since I upped the vitamin D. Check back posts. In the past week to 10 days there have been several subjects about vitamin D deficiency.
Meanwhile read back post and ask questions. We are here to help you. Have a good evening and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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