Hi, Amanda, and welcome! I'm so sorry to see so many younger people coming on the forum. I came down with fibro a couple of weeks before my 40th birthday and that was soon enough! But, I think we can help you have a full and enjoyable life with fibro. I know I have!
You do need to keep moving. Sitting and laying too much will make you stiff as a board and make your pain worse. Try the gentle exercises in the Fibro 101 thread. They really do help. Find a light exercise that you can do. I like to walk and swim. Both of these are good for fibro. Walking costs you nothing. When I started, I could only walk a short distance but now I can walk for quite some time. You just need to build up slowly to it so it doesn't aggravate your muscles.
Moist heat will help, too. Hot baths and showers feel wonderful. Also, many here use Bed Buddies. You can get them at Walgreen's and other places or you can make your own. Take a tube sock, fill it 2/3's full of 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.
A positive attitude and a good sense of humor go a long way with helping fibromyalgia. Be sure to look around at all of your blessings and all the things you CAN do. That puts things in better perspective.
I see that Donna directed you to the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum. You will learn a lot from that thread and, as they say, knowledge is power! Also, read back posts and don't hesitate to ask questions. We are here to help you.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in! I'll be looking to hear more from you soon.
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