Hi, Spunky, and welcome! When you don't use your muscles and then start to use them, they will rebel. But the more you use your muscles, the more they will respond to being used and you wont hurt as much.
When I started walking as a form of gentle exercise, I could only walk four houses down and had to turn around if I wanted to make it back home. Now, I could have told myself I really can't walk and then nix the idea of walking...but I didn't do that. I went out the next day and could go a little further. I now walk at least a mile a day plus all the walking with shopping, working around the house, etc. I had strengthened my muscles by using them.
So don't throw in the towel. It's very important to keep moving with fibro. If you sit or lay too much you will be stiff as a board and have more pain.
I use ibuprofen with food, Tylenol, magnesium malate, vitamin D3, and a muscle relaxer called Robaxin that has made a significant difference in my pain. If you are deficient in magnesium, that can cause muscle spasms and pain. Same with calcium. A deficiency in vitamin D can cause pain too. I also walk daily and pace myself when doing things. All of these things keep my pain under control and I've had a full and enjoyable life in spite of this illness.
Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread in the forum. There is a lot of good information there that can help you too. There are links about magnesium malate and vitamin D3 and how they work in the body.
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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