Hi, Calistoscript, and welcome. Boy, this did hit you like a ton of bricks! The RA is playing into this a lot, too. I'm glad to see that you are doing stretching exercises and walking. At least with fibro, walking is wonderful and does help with the pain. Water exercises are wonderful, too, if you have access to a pool.
There is no set pattern with flares. We don't know when we will be hit with them or how long they will last. My worst flare lasted about six months.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibromyalgia and you might get some ideas and help there.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 to help with pain and fatigue. There are links about the malic acid and the vitamin D3 in the Fibro 101 thread that explain how these work in your body. Many with fibro are deficient in these and they can cause pain and fatigue.
Do you have a Bed Buddy? You can get them at Walgreen's and other places. Or, you can make your own by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of long grain rice and tying a knot at the end. Pop it in the microwave and it gives off moist heat that really feels wonderful on those muscles.
The malic acid has helped me some with fatigue. Also, it is important to get on a sleep schedule and watch the caffeine you are eating and drinking. I personally need to stop drinking tea by 5 PM or I can't get to sleep at night.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in! We have wonderful members that love to help one another and we really do care about each other, too. 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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