Hi, Kayva, and welcome! Lupus is an inflammatory illness so I'm wondering how you got the diagnosis of lupus when your inflammatory markers are normal? Fibro and lupus have many of the same symptoms. Lyme disease is another illness with many of the same symptoms that should be ruled out. There is no good test for fibro so these other things need to be ruled out since they do have good tests for them.
I can't help you with Gabapentin. I don't take it. My doctors suggested Lyrica, Savella, or Cymbalta and I didn't want to take these because I do get reactions to some medications. Instead I tried over the counter things. I do take ibuprofen because I also have several inflammatory illnesses but fibro isn't one of them. I also take Tylenol, magnesium malate, vitamin D3, and a muscle relaxer called Robaxin that has made a significant difference in my pain. I take very little of it so I have no side affects and it works beautifully for me. Unfortunately, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another with fibro. It's a trial and error type thing. You will get a lot of ideas on this form but I will say that quite a few members have gotten some relief by using the magnesium malate and vitamin D3. Deficiencies in these can cause more pain.
I also walk daily as a gentle form of exercise. Swimming and yoga are good too. It's important to keep moving with fibro. When I walk, by the time I get back home I have less pain and fatigue and more energy! I also pace myself when doing things.
I do have a positive attitude and that helps me a lot. I count my many blessings and don't focus on the negative things in my life. I have my share but work around them.
Yes, it does get easier once you find what helps you be in control of your pain. I've had fibro for 30 years and have had a full and enjoyable life in spite of this illness. You will learn how to work around fibro to do what you want to do. Everything does get done but perhaps in a different time frame.
Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there. There are links about the magnesium malate and vitamin D3 and how these work in the body and there is a good link about how to keep a positive attitude when you have chronic pain. All of Fibro 101 is good so do read it.
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.
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7