I am doing fine. I have had fibro for 22 years and I have had a good and enjoyable life with fibro. Now, I know everyone's pain is different but I've had plenty of times where I could barely move. Yesterday I felt pretty good so I went outside and washed down all of my patio furniture. By evening, good old costochondritis hit and it was so hard to breathe. I took ibuprofen with food and headed to bed. By morning I was much better.
I have accepted the fact that pain is a part of my life. I am fortunate that ibuprofen, Tylenol, and supplements have helped me manage my pain...not get rid of it. I'm not willing to take a lot of medication because, for me, I want to be in complete control. I would be nervous about driving with a lot of the meds because they affect me very easily. I don't want to be in an accident and be charged with DUI so I don't take it.
I have found that stretching exercises, walking, and swimming when possible have helped me. I am still flexible and am able to do most things. I do have a prescription for Vicodin in my medicine cabinet but I have never taken one. It's like my security blanket. LOL There have been plenty of times when I would have been justified to take it but decided to head to bed and pray that the rest would help. It usually does.
I don't take naps. I have myself on a sleep schedule. I head to bed aroud 10 PM and I get up by 7 AM. My body is so accustomed to this that I usually fall asleep within 15 minutes of going to bed. (I go to bed with the television on.) It knows when I lay down it's time to rest. There are times when I don't adhere to this like when I'm out with friends, but 98% of the time you know when I'm heading to bed. The rest really helps with fibro. If I took a nap I'd never be able to fall asleep at night, and that can be not only aggravating but stressful so I avoid that.
As far as doctors, many use a rheumatologist. I use a board certified Internist. He takes care of all of my health problems. Be sure they believe in fibromyalgia. There are still doctors out there that don't. Ask if they treat fibromyalgia patients. My doctor has "fibromyalgia" printed out on the papers he turns in to insurance...just like diabetes is printed on it. You do want a good working relationship with your doctor.
Anyway, I'd try the non-prescription approach, since you aren't comfortable with meds, and see how your body responds. It just might work for you too!
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 4/6/2009 2:47:37 PM (GMT-6)