Hey there, Franny the Frog! Welcome to the board!
i was told that once you have it thats it.
Don't you ever believe it! There are many therapies helpful for fibro. Too many docs are unknowledgeable. Mine said, "I think it's fibro ... unfortunately, there's very little we can do."
Might as well sign a permanent self-pity warrant.
FORTUNATELY, my doc was a little limited in his outlook, and I was able to prove otherwise. About 25% of fibro patients are helped to some extent w/SSRIs and/or antidepressants. Hooray for them, I say! But not everyone w/fibro benefits from that treatment.
HOPE is your best ally! What gave me the most hope (and actual help!) was reading the book From Fatigued to Fantastic
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. I found a copy at the public library; you might visit a bookstore if you strike out there. Teitelbaum is a fibro specialist, and fibro sufferer himself. His book discusses many, many ways to treat fibro. Some are medical treatments, some more alternative med. There are many ways to help yourself, many ways to advocate for treatment.