Today I had a bad flare up. They are not always weather-related, but I believe this one could be.
I have had FMS for 12 years (diagnosed) and much longer than than (UNdiagnosed) and was relieved to put a label on it!
When it is a really 'bad' flare up it generally doesn't last more than a day...this is when it seems that every part of my body is effected...even the muscles in my FACE hurt... a normal 'act up' --what I call a milder, more annoying 'flare up' for me usually affects the area around my R shoulder especially...and sometimes both shoulder areas. This can last for over a week. FMS can have a really awful effect on my IBS, also.
Its hard to tell how much 'getting older' has to do with it... I am 64 and I think that I need to do a better job of keeping a lot more active....because I do feel this plays a big part in dealing with FMS. I realize that we all suffer with this in so many different ways.
For the most part, I have been really fortunate in that I can go for long periods of time with no seeming trace of FMS.
I have taken different supplements that I feel really helped me and never any Rx meds.
OTC pain relievers don't even begin to TOUCH FMS...
I've found that there is a real connection between my FMS and my anxiety level.
Take heart, though...hopefully it will ease up soon! Wishing you well!