Hi, i also have fibromyalgia. Im 27 yrs old. I was diagnosed a few years ago and was in a wheelchair for nearly 2 years, thankfully i was determined enough not to let it beat me. so now im walking with crutches and working hard on hopefully walking unaided again soon. Im lucky to have great friends and family who supported me and helped me through it all. I think the key is to pace yourself, and take control back. If it knocks you down just get right back up and either watch a film that makes you laugh or go out with friends and try and take your mind off all the pain. Well thats what i do. I wish you all pain free days.
I am only 37 and was just recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I used to compete in martial arts, run 5k’s, hike all day, play softball, etc. In 2007 I was deployed to Iraq, suffered a severe spinal injury in 2008. After numerous surgeries, hardware, implants, and medications I still had unbearable pain. The doctors determined it was FM. I too take Cymbalta and Lyrica. I also am in an theraputic equestrian program that has helped tremendously. I live each day to it’s fullest no matter the pain. I have seen first hand life is too short.
I know of one woman who suffered with fibromayalgia and there was no real escape from the pain for her. She went to a massage clinical(Some massage therapy programs will work on the general public as practice before their course is completed)and she left crying. Not from the pain but from the recession of pain. Please don't think I'm spamming or anything like that, but massage therapy is a great pain management technique and many states/insurances will cover it as medical massage. seriously ladies, I dislike seeing anyone suffer and I think you can benefit greatly from the right therapist.
and Clydebunny, i understand what you mean, it is always comforting to know you're not alone.