Hi, Beebkiss, and welcome! I'm so glad you found us and joined in. Yes, you have many of the symptoms of fibomyalgia. But, they can be symptoms of othere illnesses too so you really do need to see a doctor so tests can be run to rule out the other illnesses. If you do have fibo, your tests come back perfect. Now isn't that just great? That's when the doctors think it's all in your head, but it's not. I've had fibro for nearly 25 years and can attest to that. Fibromyalgia is recognized by the American Medical Association, the American College of Rheumatology, the National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization...just to name a few. So, if you have a doctor that says it's all in your head then "exit-stage right" as Snagglepuss would say!
The first thing you need to do is find a doctor that treats fibromyalgia patients. There are still doctors out there in the Dark Ages. You need to flat out ask before you ever schedule an appointment. Many here use a rheumatologist as their fibro doctor. No matter what type of doctor you choose, ask if they treat fibromyalgia patients. Otherwise you are just wasting your time and causing yourself more stress and frustration.
Most of us have anxiety issues. This causes stress and stress causes more pain. We need to recognize anxiety for what it is...fear...and we don't have anything to be afraid of. Once I realized this, I was able to get rid of most anxiety in my life. I recognize it when it's raising it's ugly head and kick it to the curb. This is why I have the scripture in my signature. This has helped me so much throughout the years. Also, keeping a positive attitude helps a ton...about as much as any medication I take. I look at my many blessing and don't dwell on the pain and I do feel better that way. If you make a list of positive things in your life and negative things, you will find the positive things far outweigh the negative. Just the little things like the beauty that is all around you can put a smile on your face. Your children, I'm sure, bring much joy also. They are truly blessings!
If you have stomach ulcers, you need to stop the Excedrin or you could end up in big trouble. I used ibuprofen for years and this past summer developed bleeding ulcers. I had to stop the ibuprofen and I really miss it. It helped me so much. Both Excedrin and ibuprofen are NSAIDs and these do cause ulcers so anyone with ulcers should not take NSAIDs.
I use malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 supplements to help with pain and fatigue. I also use a natural product called Curamin that is helping me and my gastroenterologist, since I can't take NSAID's anymore, has me taking extremely low doses of Vicodin to take the edge off the pain. I also use extra strength Tylenol but am mindful of the Tylenol that is in Vicodin. You do not want to take more than 4,000 mg. of Tylenol in a 24 hour period. That is considered the maximum "safe" amount but still it's not good to take that much every day. I reserve this amount for days I'm in a flare.
Other things that help are doing gentle stretching exercises, doing a gentle exercise every day (I walk at least a half an hour a day. Swimming and yoga are some other good gentle exercises for fibro.) I also pace myself. Everything gets done but in a different time frame. You have three children but they must be young. But you can have the older ones pick up their toys and even dust for you. I did this with my children and they were very happy to help "Mommy". Lastly I have found gentle massages help me a lot. I get these once a month. I wish I could afford to get them twice a month but can't.
Moist heat helps with the pain. I feel so much better after a hot shower. Many members use a Bed Buddy. You can find these at Walgreen's and other places. You pop them in the microwave and they give off moist heat for about a half an hour. This feels wonderful...especially on the neck and shoulders.
Be sure to read Fibro 101...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibro and you will learn a lot there. Good starting links are called Symptoms, What Else Could It Be, and A Thorough Explanation of Fibromyalgia. I think you will see yourself there! You will also find links about malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 supplements and how they work inthe body. The gentle stretching exercises can also be found in Fibro 101. There is a wonderful article in Fibro 101 about maintaining a positive attitude. I refer back to this when I'm having one of "those" days and I am always helped by it. I hope you like it as much as I do. All the links are good so be sure to read them. There is a lot of info there.
There is a world of information in the posts, too. You can see how members handle the various symptoms of fibro and just seeing that others know what you are going through helps so much.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7