Hi, Pumpkin...and Painstop....and welcome! You have been given great advice. You might want to see a rheumatologist. Fibro isn't an inflammatory illness. I have high levels of inflammation also but I also have several inflammatory illnesses along with fibro.
A word of warning. Prednisone is a steroid and you can get steroid-induced osteoporosis. You said you were entering menopause so that is not a good thing. I know I'd talk to the doctor about that. Prednisone can be a nasty medication. I had to take it for Crohn's disease but only occasionally. Thank goodness I'm off it now.
I do use ibuprofen and Tylenol. But I also use malic acid/magnesium supplements, vitamin D supplements and an alternative product for pain called Curamin. These help me and have helped some on this forum too. The only prescription drug I take for fibro and ankylosing spondylitis is called Robaxin and it's a muscle relaxer. This has helped me significantly with my back, neck, and shoulder pain. I used to have knots all over my back but now I only have a few. So this is something else you can ask your doctor about.
If you sit or lay too much you will be stiff as a board and have more pain, also. You do need to keep moving with fibro. I do gentle stretching exercises, walk daily, and pace myself when doing things. All of this helps with the pain and fatigue.
Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there. There are links about the supplements I mentioned and how they work in the body too.
I'm looking forward to getting to know both of you. 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, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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