Ed, I can't help you about Zanaflex. I only take ibuprofen with food (600 mg) , extra strength Tylenol (1,000 mg), malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 for my pain and fatigue. I also do light exercises and stretching. Having a positive attitude helps a lot, too, but I do think you do have that from the posts I've seen from you. All of the above doesn't cost much.
Try not to think about the pain so much. Make a plan for each day...something different. It's so easy to get in a pattern and then life is boring. Maybe one day do a little gardening and the next day cook lunch for you and your wife. The little changes do help. Be sure to pace yourself with whatever you decide to do.
I know fibro is the pits but I'd much rather be dealing with fibro then cancer. Our lifespan isn't shortened because of fibro and there are so many wonderful days ahead for all of us. We might not be able to see them right now, but they will be coming. I hate the chronic pain but I have had a full and enjoyable life with fibro and plan to have many more years ahead of me, too. Just remember to look around at all of your blessing and all the beauty around you. We hear so many negative things daily that we tend for overlook all the good we have in our lives. I know that makes me feel less stressful and so I have less pain.
I do hope you find something that works to help with your pain and that it won't be very expensive. Feel better soon!
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