Hi Kali - Exercise takes a while to build up so you get benefit - but keep going (and be mindful you don't over do it - I was feeling amazing - got carried away and went to an aerobics class and have paid for it for a week - the music was SO good!!!) For me it's the NUMBER 1 activity we can do - I go to a personal trainer once a week who has me doing a variety of stuff (including a bit of boxing
) I swim/walk/cycle and do pilates - alongside lots of stretching. Having overdone it - I've not been able to do anything for a week
which is driving me nuts so back to it tomorrow starting off gently and building up - not only will your muscles fee better - your internal core will be stronger so when you trip (as we do with fibro) your core better holds you together so you don't end up pulling a muscle somewhere in your leg/back as used to happen to me. Also you release endorphins (happy hormones) which will make you "feel" better too. Think I was having too many of those the other week (if that's possible)
As for the meds I don't take any - took amitriplynine (to help with sleep and to relax muscles) when I was first diagnosed 5 years ago and had palpitations and felt like in the mornings as if I was hungover so came off them straight away - felt it would do more harm than good in the longer term and felt so groggy thought it was too dangerous to drive to work.
So for me alongside the exercise I have hot baths/showers/massages etc
Hope you feel the benefit of the exercise soon