Hi, Royal, and welcome! I think the very first thing you should do is see a good board certified rheumatologist and see exactly what is going on with you. Make sure they treat fibro patients. Ask before you make your appointment. You could have several things going on. I couldn't go up stairs and still have some problem with that because I have an arthritic-type disease of the spine along with fibro. But I was put on a muscle relaxer and that has made a significant difference with my pain.
I couldn't raise one arm even up to my shoulder six months ago but now can raise it nearly as high as the other arm. I managed this through exercises, massage and finding the trigger points and massaging them. The pain is gone now.
I try to find alternative things to help my illnesses whenever possible. But there are many who do need pain medications but I hope they have tried everything else first. My doctor tries to avoid narcotic medications because after you have taken them for a while you usually will need more to get the same results. But sometimes they are a necessity and I'm thankful they are available.
Along with the muscle relaxer, I use ibuprofen with food, Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 supplements. I also do gentle stretching exercises, I walk or swim daily, and I pace myself. I wish there was just one thing we all could do to feel a lot better but there isn't. We have to have a multifaceted approach with fibro. Also, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another.
Do read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good information and you will learn a lot there...even things that can help you.
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.
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