Hi, Joslin, and welcome! What a pretty name! I haven't heard that name in ages.
Fibromyalgia will wax and wane. Sometimes you hurt sooo much and other times you feel better. I've had fibro for 22 years and haven't been pain-free but I'm not expecting that either. Some have more pain than others. I think I'm more in the middle.
I've had some pretty extreme pain at times but I'm not willing to take the "high powered" medications. But, I do take malic acid/magnesium supplements and they do help me with the pain and fatigue. They don't work for everyone but many have had help with this. There is a link in the Fibro 101 thread all about them. I also take ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol.
Many with fibro have a vitamin D deficiency and that can cause pain and fatigue, too. I'm presently taking 3,500 IU of D3 a day to get me in the normal ranges for vitamin D. You might ask your doctor about this.
You do need to keep moving with fibromyalgia. The more you lay and sit, the more painful and stiff you will become. You will learn how to pace yourself to get things done but you can't do things in the same time frame as you used to.
There is a link on the Fibro 101 thread that has some good stretching exercises and they really do help. You should start out with them and then try to walk more. Walking is a good exercise for you and is a gentle exercise, too. It you have access to a pool, water exercising is good too. You need to move those muscles but you also need to keep the exercises to gentle ones.
I am so glad that you popped over here and joined in. Do some reading and ask questions. We are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.
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