Hi, Somer, and welcome! I'm so glad you found us and joined in. I, too, have the shoulder and neck pain all of the time. Yes, many here have the tender skin, the feverish feelings too. Check out Fibro 101...the second thread on the forum...and there is a list of symptoms for fibro and you will probably see yourself there! We have a lot of crazy things that happen with this illness.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 to help with pain and fatigue. There are links in Fibro 101 about the malic acid/magnesium and vitamin D3 supplements and how they work in the body.
Gentle exercise is important, too. If you sit or lay too much, you will be stiff as a board with fibro. I walk and swim as my exercise. I start my mornings by walking my dog for one mile or more. I do a lot of walking throughout the day, too. If you have access to a pool, water exercise or just lazily swimming helps. The exercise does help with the pain for me and it gives me more energy. There are some good gentle stretching exercises in Fibro 101 that really work and they can be done sitting down. If you are working at your desk, these can be done pretty easily and will help keep you more flexible. Gentle massages help me a lot, too. You want a massage therapist that is trained to massage people with fibro.
There is good info about fibro in Fibro 101. There is a link called Doctors Respond To New York Times Article. Learned doctors try to explain what they think is going on with this illness so this might be good to print out and have your husband read. You said he has lived with your illness for six years and that you're sure he's sick of it. Well, not as sick of it as you are! He hasn't lived IN pain so he is one lucky fellow! I think you are doing a magnificent job. I was a teacher many years ago and that's not easy. With the grade you teach, you are leaning over desks, and the kids are mighty energetic at that age, too. I taught 4th grade. Plus you have a child at home and a home to take care of. That is a lot and you should give yourself a gentle pat on the back! Perhaps, you should teach a lesson to your husband. Tell him you can beat his back and neck with a baseball bat at least once a day and then only allow him to sleep 3 hours a night. Then you can see how he functions!
I'm happy you are here. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here for you. Hope to hear more from you soon.
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