Hi, Annakat, and welcome! Yes, do go see a board certified rheumatologist and make sure they treat fibro patients. There are still some doctors out there in the Dark Ages that don't believe this is a true illness.
Do be checked for diabetes while you are at it. This could possibly be causing the tingling and numbness of your hands and feet. You want to rule that out.
Losing weight does help with the pain. I lost 85 pounds around 8-9 years ago and have kept it off. I counted carbs...not the strict version though. I allow myself around 100 carbs a day. I would lose about 2 pounds a week and that's a healthy way to lose weight.
Gentle exercise does help with fibro. I HATE exercise but I do walk daily as my gentle form of exercise. I don't feel like heading out th door but once I get going I enjoy it. I check out everyone's landscaping, watch the critters scurrying for their breakfasts, look at the flowers, blue sky, etc. and this makes me happy. By the time I get home. I have less pain and more energy! Give it a try! It won't hurt and could really help you. It gets the circulation moving.
I use ibuprofen with food, Tylenol, magnesium malate, vitamin D3, and a prescription muscle relaxer called Robaxin that has made a significant difference in my pain. I only take a fraction of what was prescribed so I don't get the typical side affects of muscle relaxers. I live alone and need to be able to drive, etc. I don't even know if ve taken a muscle relaxer...except my pain is so much less.
Fibro isn't considered a progressive illness. This is another reason to be checked out by a good rheumatologist. But you also aren't getting a lot f help either.
I do Trigger Point Therapy on myself. I bought The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook on Amazon and it's really good. It has diagrams that show where to look for the Trigger points that are causing you specific pain. I fixed my frozen shoulder using this book.
I do get gentle massages once a month. I'm having one tomorrow! Yay! They do help me.
Be sure to read Fibro 101... the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and you can learn a lot there.
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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