Welcome to the community family! How long have you been having symptoms before they diagnosed it? I started symptoms in 2007-2008 but wasn't dx until 2012. Even with treatment you may hurt, most of us do. I'm allergic to most pain meds & react to many psych meds, so I reserve my Tramadol for severe days. They tried me on cymbalta but I had to come off due to suicidal thinking. It did help for 6 months, with pain & sleeping, but then things went south and I came off. Many here have had very good results with cymbalta. Hopefully you will too!
Last year I was dx with Sjogrens, a third autoimmune disease (w/ fibro & hypoparathyroidism). I was put on Plaquenil and my daily avg pain dropped from 7-8 to 3-4. I have muscle relaxers for my back & night leg cramps, and really bad fibro at night. I'm on antidepressant & anxiety meds, which many of us are, due to what all we are trying to deal with. I use warm showers, gentle stretches, try to walk for exercise as much as possible, heat (rarely ice-use chilled rice filled socks instead), and a TENS unit before it quit. I also try to stay positive, and I rely on my faith a lot. Before I joined the community I was really down in the dumps about my "new normal" lifestyle. Since I joined I'm learning to cope.
We are all alike in chronic pain. But we all differ in how we cope and what methods we use. I hope you find the community very helpful & resourceful. I've learned so much from so many. Just an FYI... Autocorrect lives to pick at most of us. 😉 Hugs & prayers you will find the methods that work best for you! 🙂💕🙏🌼
Welcome! Fibro is one of the pains in my patoot as well. I agree, heat is far preferable to cold as far as pain relief, although I have found Biofreeze gel to be nice on certain areas. Fibro is different on everyone, so the treatment is different too. I don't have as much fatigue now that I have a cpap machine, but words fail me sometimes. Yesterday I described a long, retracting tape measure as as "zing zing tape". Poor hubby had no clue, but I thought it was a fine description! Even though it hurts, regular gentle exercise helps with the pain. Yoga, Pilates, even a walk in the sun keeps us feeling less ouchie. I hope you can get some answers and make some friends here.
Keep logging details of what helps, hurts, disappears, or new. It may take some time to adjust to the cymbalta. I play relaxation music to try and help my body relax while I'm trying to go to sleep. Tonight looks to be a rough one for me. I've been hurting for days but didn't know I had bursitis until PT this morning. Going to try some extra voltaren around that hip area at Bed. Hugs & prayers tonight is a little better for you! 🙂💕🙏🌼