This is my 1st time on a blog. Been searching for an FM support type blog.
I agree with Biliji, Dottie & sorry - forgot ! - the person to whom I hit the reply. the most important items I've learned with over ten yrs of this:
Rule Out all other disease, conditions
Find a doctor that understands & TRIES to help (not hand you a bunch of meds & send you on your way)
Exercise when you can - if your hips hurt, do your hands; if your arms are the main source of pain, swing your legs....some parts need to be active - but DO NOT over do it, or you will pay later
& isn't it an interesting thing, this FM? What works for some, does not work for others. I have a fellow FMer that swears by accupressure; I prefer massage therapy & a hot bath. However....sometimes after a massage, we become totally immobile.
One thing I really feel helps, & have not seen mentioned:
Humor. I'm not kidding! But would like to be, ha ha.
As in stand up comedy, a joke book. Or something that gives you a good feeling, or peacefulness....photos of scenery or favorite places; a box full of blessings, i.e., when something good happens, put it on a note, put the note in the box. No matter how trivial the 'blessing" or good thing may be...a beautiful sunset; a sale on something you wanted but couldn't afford...the box will start filling up.
Then, when you are depressed or sore or in the Fibro Fog, you pull out your Blessing Box, & remember the good things that have happened...& keep reading till your mind is off the negative & on to the positive.