Hi, I'm Suzi, and I'm a fibromyalgia sufferer! Sounds like an AA meeting. Anyway, I'm new here; this is my first post. I didn't know that FM could cause foot pain, but I sure know it now. It cost me my job last week (retail sales at Cracker Barrel). I've been seeing a podiatrist for about 2 months now, and I've had two sets of orthotics made. The first ones hurt so bad I couldn't wear them. The second ones are actually the first ones with a lot of cushioning on them. They feel better, but far, far from adequate. I thought I had plantar fasciitis, but after many tests, the answer was I don't. I slept in braces at night, did exercises... etc, all to no avail. It's neuropathy. I start therapy tomorrow; I'm really hoping it will help. I take Lyrica, Cymbalta, Tramadol and OTCs, which help with the other body pain, but don't seem to be helping with the foot pain. I heard about a med specifically for neuropathy called Neurontin. Has anyone used this med? Does it work? Even with insurance, all these meds are taxing our resources.
If you are experiencing sleep problems, see if you can get your doctor to order a sleep study. Mine did, and it turned out that I was getting NO REM sleep, which is the restorative phase of the cycle. (People used to think that REM - Rapid Eye Movement - meant they were dreaming. Made sense, but it was wrong.) So they put me on CPAP (Controlled Passive Air Pressure) and I've been using it for about a year now. It REALLY helps! Much more than sleeping pills, which tend to keep you OUT of that phase you need so much.
Thanks for listening. I don't have anyone around to share with. My husband and grown children are supportive, but I rarely mention it to others.