Re: Dealing with exhaustion
Pain does make us exhausted, but also, have you had a sleep study done? I had one done because I was working and pushing myself so hard, I started to fall asleep driving. Also, I was having weird things happen when trying to go to sleep. So I had the sleep study done, and I was SHOCKED to find out I had sleep apnea. I have never felt myself wake up, and I don't snore, but my body "woke up" out of REM sleep 65 times in 7 hours during the study. I was very, very surprised (and in denial at first) to hear this. You might want to check into it.
Not sure what meds you take. I don't like meds, but since I have to work full time, I HAVE to rely on them. I take Tramadol, and it gives me a very small burst of energy. I have to wake up an hour before it's time to get up to take it. Then I do have to push myself through the fatigue. On my days off I rest most of the day and take naps.
10 years ago when I started to have fibro, I had a boss like yours (a principal of a school). I had just had a spinal surgery and she kept calling and bugging me to come back. I have always regretted not staying home longer because I have learned that it probably created stress hormones which set the fibro in motion.
On the other hand, after a while, I had to learn how to function with the fatigue. I don't have it down. I use caffeine and that's not good.
I REALLY hope you are able to rest and not be stressed!