Hi, Shanna, and welcome! I'm so glad your boyfriend found us and you decided to join in! I have had fibro for 24 years and have had a full and enjoyable life in spite of the illness! Your life isn't over. It's just beginning! You will learn what to use to control the pain so you will be the one in control...not fibro. It will take trial and error but you will hit on what helps you and then you will be on your way.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 to help with my pain and fatigue. There are links on Fibro 101, the first thread on the forum, about the vitamins and supplements and how they work in the body. They have helped me and others, but not everyone. They are not expensive so it might be worth a shot. We always suggest that you talk with your doctor or pharmacist before starting anything just to make sure there are no drug interactions. My doctor said they were fine but he didn't think they would work. Well, he was wrong!
I also do gentle stretching exercises that can be found on Fibro 101 and I also do gentle exercise daily. I walk or swim as my daily exercise. You get enough exercise...probably, too much....with your job but the stretching could help you out anyway. It's hard to be on your feet all of the time but your job sounds wonderful.
Moist heat helps, too. A hot shower feels wonderful. Some use a Bed Buddy. You can find these at Walgreen's and other places or you could 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 it in the microwave and it gives off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice.
A positive outlook is a huge help with this illness. I find counting my blessings helps a lot and I try not to focus on my pain. If I get busy, the pain will fade in the background and that helps. I never do a "body check" to see what hurts. It doesn't help matters and the pain will change anyway to other parts of my body. I guess I have just accepted this as part of my life and I just keep going. I do pace myself because I can't get things done in the same time frame BUT they do get done! That's what's important.
Try to keep yourself on a sleep schedule. This could help you too. I go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day. My body is so accustomed to it that I usually fall asleep in minutes. I do get up several times in the middle of the night but can usually fall right back to sleep. The sleep schedule helped me with this.
So, don't dispair. We are here to help you. You have some wonderful times ahead of you and you can do so much in spite of this illness. I know because I have. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. 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
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 3/14/2011 7:09:05 PM (GMT-6)