Hi, CajunGirl, and welcome! I'm so glad you joined our fibro family!
Savella. Well, some love it and some hate it...the same with Lyrica. What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another with fibro. We have to try things and see how we react to it. I wish I could be more help, but that's the way it is with fibro...unfortunately!
I don't take Savella or Lyrica. I have managed with the maximum doses of ibuprofen with food, the maximum doses of extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 supplements to keep the pain under control. I'm not pain-free but I do have control of the pain and can live and enjoy my life.
Do keep moving with fibro. If you sit or lay too much, you will be stiff as a board and in more pain. It's tempting to stay in bed and not move, but it's bad for you. Find gentle exercises that you enjoy doing. I walk and swim as my gentle exercises. When I started out, I couldn't walk very far but now I walk my dog 1-1 1/2 miles in the morning...for starters. Gentle stretching exercises are good, too.
Pace yourself, too. You can do most everything you used to but not in the same time frame. I set goals for myself for each day...reasonible goals. I take many breaks, too, while doing them. Your body will tell you how much you can do and when you need to rest for a while.
Be sure to check out Fibro 101...the second thread on the forum. You will find links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there. There are links about the malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D there. Many with fibro are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients. Also, there are some good stretching exercises that really do help.
Hot baths or showers feel wonderful with fibro. Also, you can get a Bed Buddy at Walgreens and other places or you can make your own by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of raw long grain rice, and tying a knot at the end. Pop this in the microwave and it will give off moist heat that feels wonderful in your especially painful areas.
I love to get gentle massages. These help me a lot. I wish I could afford to go weekly but I only go monthly. Deep massages would kill me! Here is a good link to find a good massage therapist in your area, if you are interested. Make sure they work with fibromyalgia customers. My gal is fabulous! These therapists have to take courses every year to continue to receive certification so that keeps them on their toes.
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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