Hi Annie213, I have fibro too and chronic spinal issues from injuries & arthritis. I always feel minimal pain (2-4) and slight fatigue. Nothing I do seems to totally alleviate either. I rest a lot between doing things I need to do. I use Tylenol when pain is low, Tramadol when its high, and my doctor just started me on gabapentin, daily. I use heating pads and ice and Voltaren gel to massage into sore or tense muscles. I also try not to let myself get stressed because it increases the pain.
Annie213 I have Syringomyelia, Fibro, osteoarthritis, among others. My pain has been a 10-8 for the last 15 yrs until 2 months ago when my Dr. started me on Fentonyl patches 50 MG I change them every 3 days. I take the generic Norco as a break thru med. I was taking 2 every 6 hrs around the clock before the Fentanyl. Now I'm down to 3-4 times a day. Which is great I worried about liver damage all the time.I am always in pain and all ways exhausted. It's a visious circle. Try to keep a sense of humor it helps a lot.
Hi Annie213. I have fibro and am pretty much in pain or at least aching somewhere or other. For me the fatigue is the worst I think I could cope better with the pains if I wasn't so tired all the time. My worst pains or most petsistant is Mt fingers hands and wrists. But really its a free for all. I'm giving up on my doc for help I'm on pregabalin daily which helps desensitise me to touch very slighly. But he won't prescribe me pain killers for when my pain is unbareable other than over the counter Cocodamol or paracetamol both of which i have told him does nothing for even my mildest pain. So decided to try some supplements on a trial and error basis and also considering dawn simulators and or SAD lighting anything to help with the fatigue. Willing to try anyting that may help. I feel useless and for the first time I n my life I actually want to have some sort of a routine to my life instead of my usual chaos but I just can't seem to manage it! If I find anything that seems to help I will let you know!!
Just an FYI... While sitting in a doctors office I picked up the Mar/April 2015 edition of Arthritis Today magazine. I had just started reading an interesting article on Fatigue when I was called back. It mentioned RA, Fibromyalgia and other issues, but its focus was fatigue. I'm going to find a copy (forgot it when I left).
Hi Annie 213. Your pain figure looks very much like my average image. I am 53 and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia approx 3 years ago, the pain and fatigue has been terrible. I was moved from Gabapentin to Pregabalin which is for the neuropathic pain and works better for me. I have a 10-15 minute soak in a bath with Epsom salts almost daily, and have been taking MSM supplements every day, gradually worked up to 6per day which I think has helped a bit. I take L-glutamine every day, and 1000mg vitamin c which helps keep up my immune system. I also have disc bulges in my lumbar and cervical spine along with degenerative changes (arthritis) which give me 24/7 pain. I think it's these that make me marginally tilt to my right side and have constant pain in my left buttock and down the outside of my left thigh to knee. Alcohol and sugar seem to make my symptoms worse. I have recently started to incorporate turmeric in my diet as this is supposed to help pain/inflammation.