Re: Exersise and Fibro
Most therapeutic exercise regimens I've encountered for fibro are carefully graduated -- start slow & gradually rebuild your tolerance, with lots of gentle warming up & cooling down. You seem to have experienced what many of us have -- that just jumping in to do heavy physical chores & exercise can set you back a spell.
Many people who are middle-aged will find themselves sore, needing motrin, etc. after spending 2 days hauling deck lumber! With fibro, the painful afterglow can last weeks or months instead of days, and be much more severe.
The idea for starting into exercise is to go slow. Like 2 minutes on the treadmill, slow speed, no elevation. If after several days you are OK, increase to 3 min. And so forth.
I am sorry to hear you are in such pain, and I do sympathize because I have done similar stuff & paid the price. Comfort measures (not cures) that have helped me get through these spells are Epsom salts soaks in a warm tub (the magnesium is impt for muscle function & pain) and moist-heat paks. I have a MH pak that heats up in the microwave -- absorbs moisture from the air -- and gives quick relief to excruciating spasms. Best $20 I ever spent at Rite Aid!
If you are inclined to try supplements, I've found that malic acid is helpful when there is overexertion pain. It helps your body clear out lactic acid from the muscles, a process that can be sluggish in fibro.