Hi, Tommy, and welcome! We all have chronic pain in this forum. Some are worse than others. The pain will wax and wane. If it turns out that you have fibromyalgia...which doctors now are thinking is a neurological problem...you could be in what we call a flare. The pain is worse than usual.
Fibromyalgia affects all four quadrants of the body with pain, which is what you have described. We have fatigue, many times cognitive memory problems, plus a variety of other symptoms. Some have certain symptoms and others have different symptoms. We are not all alike.
The same goes for what helps us get in control of the pain. I use ibuprofen with food, Tylenol, magnesium malate, vitamin D3, and a muscle relaxer called Robaxin (Methocarbamol) that has made a significant difference in my pain. I also walk daily as a gentle form of exercise and pace myself when doing things. All of this has helped me live a full and enjoyable life in spite of this illness.
There are more powerful medications like Lyrica, Savella, Cymbalta and various other antidepressants that have helped some. I chose to try the over the counter things first and they work for me.
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. At the very beginning is an interview with Dr. Clauw who has been studying fibro for years. He explains the neuro connection quite well. Also, be sure to check out the links about the magnesium malate and vitamin D3. Deficiencies in these nutrients can cause 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 do care about you. Hope to hear more from you soon.
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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