Posted 8/31/2013 5:54 PM (GMT -6)
It's individual. Every BODY is different. You have to find what works for you.
One, maintaining a sleep/eat/rest schedule is important when working. In order to function, sleep and pain management has to be effective. I use ambien and a muscle relaxer at night, and prescription painkillers during the day. After some time, you learn to manage a work schedule. But, something does have to give, in order to stay merely achey but flare-free. The first 6-12 months are the hardest, because you are getting your legs under you.
Two-I would encourage you to talk to a therapist. For many, there is a horrid feeling of loss, of sadness, of losing your life. It's not true, of course. A good life can be lived with FMS. But it can be very helpful to talk to a professional to learn to manage your understandably emotional reaction.
I could add a lot more, but I overdid it today (after nearly a decade you'd think I'd learn). Welcome to the Board! May you have a pain-less weekend.