How long have you known you have fibromyalgia? It seems to me from the little you've said, that you've not had much information about it. Here's a link to a little story that explains a bit how chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia affects people's lives: www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/writte
I like to share this with people who DON'T have it, but it seems to me like maybe it will help you understand too...
Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again... and expecting different results.
People treat a disease they can't see like it doesn't exist anywhere but in your mind. This is not true. Fibro is a physical illness, and it is not going to go away. And it does mean you will not be able to do everything the way you have been. It's crazy to think things will change if you don't change what you're doing.
When I have a bad day, I take warm baths, meditate, exercise (LOTS of gentle stretching... inportant EVERY day...)... and I learned a technique called PACING that I've found very useful. I have a timer, and it is set for ten minutes. I work at a task or exercise or whatever for ten minutes. I make sure I am focusing on just that one thing. When the time is up, I REST for ten minutes... and another ten if I need it, depending on the pain level. Then I get up and work at whatever for ten minutes... etc.
You may want to try your own version of pacing. Make time during those busy days of yours to sit --or (my preference) lay down. Let gravity help your muscles and nerves relax and re-adjust. BREATHE! Just BE. Then move on to the next thing.
Just one other thing... from what my rheumatologist has been telling me the last few months, fibromyalgia does not respond to anti-inflammatory drugs, and that is why they are not prescribed as a rule as a treatment. Hence all the nasty stuff with the side effects... If the ibuprofen you've been taking indeed "helps a little" for you, it may be another issue entirely, being masked by the fibro pain... worth looking into.
I hope that helps a little...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
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