Kerry welcome to the forum. I hear your cry! I know the pain can really push all your buttons. This is a great place to learn new ideas on pain managenent. Since you got the diagnoses already you have won some of the battle. So many of us went through years trying to get a proper diagnoses. You might of done the same.
Learning how to control the pain can be difficult at first. It does take a trial and error method to figure what is a good treatment plan for you. It does take some time to see some results, so try not to get doscourage. I know pain is a very big trigger for my depression. So I have learned its very important to have well controlled pain. If I were you I would look into getting a referall for pain management. This doesn't mean your going to have to start on narcotics for pain. These guys work with fibro patients a lot and have a good understanding on a treatment plan for you.
I recommend you buy some good books on fibro. There are a ton out there, especiallly on amazon very cheap. I learned so many things in the books. So much of it was never shared to me from my doctors. As I read I could see myself on each page. It was like putting the missing puzzle together. It also relieved anxiety I was having over some symtoms of fibro. I now understand how fibro works.
I came here to this forum in desperate shape. I was at the bottom of the barrel. I began to read post frequently and got connected with others here. I read some great ideas and started slowly to make some changes in my lifestyle. Making changes in exercising more, eating healthier, good sleep habits, limit stress, limit hours working, not over extending and learning to rest some. These really have helped my pain.
I do the following for my treatment of fibro. Heat, light exercise, eat healthy, limit stress, rest when needed, vitamin D, calcium, remron and subutex for pain. If your hips hurt which is not uncommon with fibro you can get a script
for voltaren gel. It's an antiinflammatory cream that works great on those hips or any where else.
I am a firm believer in a well around approach to fibro. Meaning seeing a therapist and psy. Dr. If you have medical coverage it's beneficial. Many of us suffer from anxiety and depression. Sometimes it takes antidepressent to help the mood issues and it also helps the pain. They give you great coping skills too. They can help you with family members struggling to understand this syndrom we have called fibro. They give you great tools for your anxiety too.
I hope we see you around again. Please feel free to ask questions. You really can get control over that fibro. Please let us know how your appointment goes.
Post Edited (ak angel) : 6/24/2014 2:08:08 AM (GMT-6)