Hi, TreeBo, and welcome! I'm so glad you found us and joined in. You have come to a good place. We have wonderful members that love to help one another and, as a bonus, we really do care about each other, too!
Fibromyalgia is not fun but you can have a full and enjoyable life with fibro. I know I have. You will learn how to work around fibromyalgia to do what you want to do.
I use ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol for the pain. When I take ibuprofen, I take 600 mg at a time and never take more than 2,400 mg a day. (I take it every six hours if I need to. Right now I'm taking it in the morning, afternoon, and before bed so I'm getting only 1,800 mg) I also take Prilosec to help protect my stomach and I've been doing this for 22 years!
I also take malic acid/magnesium supplements and that helps with pain and fatigue. Check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum and you will find a link all about these and how they work in your body. (There is a lot of great information about fibromyalgia in that Fibro 101 thread.) There has been good scientific studies done on these and they help many but not all. They are not expensive, either, at least where I get mine.
I also take vitamin D supplements. Many with fibro are deficient in D and that can cause pain and fatigue also! I live in Florida and am deficient in D. I presently am taking 3,500 IU of vitamin D3 a day to try to barely keep my levels in the low normal range.
I also keep moving. Gentle stretching exercises (found in Fibro 101) really work. I also walk and swim and this helps keep the muscles from "seizing" up. Hot baths and showers help along with a Bed Buddy. You can find these at Walgreen's or other places. You can make one, too! Take a tube sock, fill it 2/3's full of long grained 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!
Most importantly for me is to keep a positive attitude about everything. I look at all the things I can do, I look at the beauty all around me, and this helps put things in perspective. Also, a good sense of humor goes a long way...especially with the fibro fog!
Anyway, I'm glad you are here. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. I hope to hear more from you soon.
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