Hi, Corky, and welcome! I'm not a doctor but it sounds a lot like fibro to me. I have the knots under my skin, we do wake up stiff and still tired. I had an ovary removed many years ago and didn't get these symptoms and I'm through menopause but still have the pain. That's why I'm thinking this is fibro and not menopause. My pain came on while I was watching television one night two decades ago! Go figure!
Check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibromyalgia, including a list of symptoms. You just might see yourself there.
If you do have fibro, one of the worst things you can do is sit. If you sit or lay too long, you will be stiff as a board and your pain will be worse. There are some gentle stretching exercises in the Fibro 101 thread that really do work and will get you started. Gentle exercise is wonderful for fibro. My choice of exercise is walking. I also like to swim so, if you have access to a pool, this would be good for you. I know you are thinking that you can't do that. I didn't think I could either so, when I started walking, I only made it a few houses down and had to come back. But, that didn't stop me. I went out the next day and was able to go just a little further. Now, I walk my dog a mile before I have breakfast. My pain isn't as bad and I'm staying limber. If you don't move you will probably stiffen up like an elderly person.
I have back problems due to a curvature of my spine and osteoporosis but I do not have a bulging disk. I hurt more if I'm having to just stand...especially on a hard floor. If I'm working in the kitchen and my lower back starts to hurt, I do some light stretches and it feels a little better.
Gentle massages really help me. The operative word there is "gentle". Deep massages usually cause more pain in people with fibromyalgia. My massage therapist is not only licensed but also certified. She has to take special classes every year to get her certification. Her prices are no more than any of the therapists around here. She is certified through the American Massage Therapy Association. Here is a link about them. In the top bar, you will see "Find a Massage Therapist". This will help you find a certified therapist in your area, if you are interested.
Pain can certainly cause depression, especially if you are starting to have problems living your life. Once I started moving more, I saw that I could still do most everything I did before, but in a different time frame. I needed to pace myself. That is important. I didn't give up the things I loved or the things I needed to do. I just found a way of working around the fibro to continue doing them. I love to garden but I can't work out there all morning. I will limit myself to about a half hour to forty-five minutes and call it a day. It takes longer to get the gardens in shape, but at least I did it myself! That makes you feel sooo good and you find you aren't so depressed. Just being outside will brighten your spirit. Look around at all the beauty there is and that will put a smile on your face!
I'm not familiar with the medications you are taking. I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, Malic Acid/Magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 supplements for my pain and fatigue. There are links in the Fibro 101 thread about the Malic Acid and Vitamin D3. Many people with fibro seem to be deficient in these nutrients and vitamins and they can cause more pain and more fatigue. Read the links and see what you think.
Hot baths or showers and using a Bed Buddy help with pain. You can find Bed Buddies at Walgreen's and other places or you can make one by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of long grain rice (not instant) and tying a knot at the end. Pop it in the microwave and this will give off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice.
I'm so glad that you found us and joined in. I'm sure there will be other that will come on and give more suggestions, too. I hope to hear more from you soon.
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