Hi, Cenobite, and welcome! Oh, isn't fibromyalgia a lot of fun? You are so young to have it. I was 40 when it hit me.
I take ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol for my pain. I take malic acid/magnesium supplements for pain and fatigue. I also take Vitamin D. Many with fibromyalgia are deficient in vitamin D and malic acid and magnesium and this can cause some pain and fatigue. All of these are quite inexpensive so that would be good for you. Be sure to talk to your doctor about it first. I did. My doctor didn't think malic acid/magnesium would help me but he said it wouldn't hurt me so I tried it. It did help me quite a bit.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibro, including a link all about malic acid/magnesium supplements and how they work in your body. There also is a link to good stretching exercises that really do help.
It's important to keep moving. If you sit or lay too long you will be stiff as a board. Light exercise helps, too. I walk for my exercise. I will also swim when the weather permits. This does help keep you more flexible.
Moist heat will help you to feel a little better. I love a hot shower. Many use a Bed Buddy. You can get these at Walgreen's and other places or you can make your own by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of raw long grain rice, and tie a knot at the end. Pop it in the microwave and it will give off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice.
Be sure to pace yourself. If you overdo, you will pay a price of pain. There are people on this forum that work, so it is possible, but pace yourself.
Not only read the Fibro 101 thread, but try reading some back posts. There is a world of info in them. Also, ask questions. We are here to help you.
I'm so glad that you found us and joined in. You have found a great group of caring people and we really do care about each other! I'm happy you are here and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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