Hi, Carley, and welcome! I'm so glad you joined our family. Yes, you do need to find a doctor that treats fibromyalgia patients. My doctor is a board certified Internist. Many here use a rheumatologist and some see a neurologist. My Internist is also a Diplomate and he has to take tests every year, I believe, to keep that distinction. It keeps him abreast of the new things in medicine. BUT be sure to ask if they treat fibro patients because there are rheumys out there that don't, believe it or not!
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 supplements to help with my pain and fatigue. There are links about the supplements in Fibro 101 and how they work in the body. Like anything with fibro, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. But, we have members here that have gotten a lot of help from these supplements.
FYI, some members have had Savella stop working for them after a while. Maybe this is why you are having more pain lately. I'm not a doctor but definitely am guessing!
You do have to keep moving with fibro. Try to get up and walk around as frequently as possible when at work. That can help you so you don't get stiff as a board. Also, in Fibro 101 is a link to some stretching exercises that you can do at your desk. Most people wouldn't know you are doing them and they do help, too!
You are not losing your mind. I am still amazed at how may doctors think this is all in our heads! Mostly women get fibro. Why? I have no idea but I just bet if more men got it these doctors would start to take notice. This is just my opinion but it really bothers me the way some people have been treated when suffering with fibro. There is a link in Fibro 101 called Doctors Respond To New York Times Article. I really like this link. The NYT had an article talking about fibro and considered it a "garbage" illness. Learned doctors wrote and corrected the ill-informed people. Fibro is definitely REAL!
I'm happy to meet you. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. I hope to hear more from you soon.
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7