Posted 2/18/2013 7:56 PM (GMT -7)
Hi, Owchihuahua, and welcome. I developed fibro the day I took my last prednisone for...a rash! It was a flat rash on my stomach and was quite itchy. I honestly never gave the rash a thought until you mentioned it...and I've had fibro for nearly 26 years! So who knows? I was two weeks shy of my 40th birthday, too.
But I can tell you this, through trial and error, you wil find what will help you keep the pain under control and you can live a full and enjoyable life in spite of this illness. I know because I have.
I use ibuprofen with food, Tylenol. Malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 supplements to help with pain and fatigue. The only prescription medication I take is a muscle relaxer that has helped me significantly. I walk daily as a gentle form of exercise. If you sit or lay too long, you will be stiff as a board and have more pain. I also pace myself when doing things. It all gets does get done but in a different time frame.
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. Good starting links for you are called Symptoms and A Thorough Explanation of Fibromyalgia. Also there are links about the supplements i mentioned and how they work in the body. You just might see yourself there.
I know a diagnosis of fibro is frightening but, as Karen said, there really are worse things out there. I have traveled overseas several times, parasailed, stood on a glacier in the Canadian Rockies, rode on Splash Mountain at DisneyWorld with its 55 foot drop, and much more with fibro. I just have never allowed fibro to rule my life. I have found ways to work around fibro to do the things I really want to do. So you do have a good life ahead of you with many great memories.
I have a positive attitude and that has helped me about as much as medication. I do look forward to each new day because it could be a good one. You see, fibro waxes and wanes so that is good. I also try to keep stress out of my life as much as possible. That isn't easy but every little bit helps.
We do understand what you are going through so don't worry about venting. Sometimes that really helps. We also have wonderful members who love to help one another and, as a bonus, really do care about each other, too. I think you will like it here.
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, Ankylosing Spondylitis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7