Posted 3/16/2011 3:10 PM (GMT -7)
Kristo, it is important to keep moving with fibro. If you sit or lay too long you will be stiff as a board. Also, daily gentle exercises are good too. I walk or swim as my exercise. On Fibro 101 there are some good stretching exercises that do help and these are done sitting down.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 to help with pain and fatigue. There are links about the vitamins and supplements and how they work in your body on Fibro 101.
Gentle massages help with pain, too, but you want a massage therapist that knows what they are doing. You don't want a deep massage. That would be very painful. Here is a link to an organization for massage therapists who have to continue their education. They have to take courses every year in order to be in this organization. My massage therapist is in this group. She has studied how to massage fibro clients, myofacial pain clients and even clients with cancer. Different techniques are used. So this link might help you find one in your area if you are interested.
Hot showers and moist heat help with pain, too. Some have Bed Buddies. You can find these at Walgreen's 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 it in the microwave and it will give off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice.
You will get the pain under control. It is trial and error. Once you do, you can get on with the business of living. I've had a full and enjoyable life in spite of this illness so you do have a lot to look forward to.
As I said before, don't hesitate to ask questions. The more you learn, the better you will be able to cope with this illness.
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7