And welcome to the Fibro Family! And I'm sure you see quickly why we call it a Family. Not only do we understand each others pain but we do whatever we can to help and watch out for each other. Membership is too easy, I'm afraid. If you have fibro you qualify.
There is a great article in the first post called Fibro 101. It's about
Malic Acid and Magnesium supplements. Many people with fibro have positive results with this combination. Plus, like you said, vitamin D can be helpful for some. Here's a link to the article.www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=24&m=1238999
As for the depression...that is very common among those of us living with fibro day to day. Plus many doctors use antidepressants as a first medication to offer patients. At first I shuttered At the thought. The stigma of being 'depressed' and taking medication for it!! "Oh, the shame of it all"..<hand on forehead>..lol Seriously though, many are still looked on poorly if they are diagnosed with depression yet a diagnosis of cancer is reason to pull out all of the stops to help. I'm not sure why we have this double standard but it's still out there, unfortunately. But for many of us with fibro a tiny dose of an antidepressant is very helpful with the pain. And if you are someone like me who has clinical depression then the dose is just a bit higher.
My most painful areas are just like yours...shoulders, neck, head and upper back. It's very draining to have your head and neck area in a constant, deep or dull pain....depending on the day. Often warmth helps. I have a heating pad that fits like a very large fur collar. Warps around all the way and Velcros in place. Also supporting my neck at night with a 'formed' pillow...those curved memory foam ones from Costco. Very nice and it can really be helpful for my neck.
I hope something I've said if of help to you. Might want to consider talking to your doctor about
an antidepressant. Your life will be so much better if you can get that under control. And give the malic acid/magnesium a try. Can't hurt~~
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