Welcome to the fibromyalgia forum. I was diagnosed with fibro many years ago. I have learned a lot on how to help myself without the use of prescribed medications. My rheumatologist told me I'm medication sensitive because I found that when I took many of these meds prescribed for the differing syndromes of fibro, they didn't help me, many times they made me feel worse, and they gave me a lot of side effects. I'm still in continual pain and I have my tightness plus I do still get the occasional flare especially when I'm not listening to and taking care of my body. I have to deal with a lot of limitations but I always try to do my best and try to be positive at all times. Here's what I do:
Try and take optimal care of yourself through diet, daily light exercise, stretches, supplements, a good night's sleep, and try to keep your stress to a minimum.
Diet: My fibro symptoms become worse if I eat the wrong foods. I feel somewhat better when I eat the right ones and I sleep better too.
Daily light exercise: To release those feel good hormones and help relieve stress, to keep yourself limber and less tight. Exercise is good for depression issues also especially those walks outdoors.
Stretches: To help deal with the tightness.
Supplements: I take a good multivitamin, krill oil, and vitamin C.
Sleep: I would have a very difficult time sleeping if it wasn't for the sleep supplements I take.
Stress: Exercise helps with this and talking with a good friend. Coming into this forum and sharing also helps.
Due to my back and neck injury along with my fibro, I have to limit how much I do. For example how long I sit and where I sit, how long I stand, how long I walk, how much I lift, and how long I socialize.
When need be I see my chiropractor who is knowledgeable about
fibro and I spend the money on a neuromuscular massage therapist.
Good luck to you.
Post Edited (almost medfree) : 2/21/2013 6:06:29 AM (GMT-7)