I see lots of discussion and helpful suggestions about dealing with the pain of fibro, and I do appreciate those. However, for me the fatigue is the most debilitating part. Some days I wake up feeling decent, but just taking a shower wears me out and I need a nap.
I decided to focus on the fatigue with my doctor so we agreed to 10mg of Adderall (I'm not ADHD but there's been studies of it being connected to fibro maybe) in the morning and pain meds (cymbalta ex and occasional tramadol) at night. Not only did it take my brain away from the pain, but it increased the effectiveness of the pain meds I've been taking for a year, so I could go down in strength. Also, stimulated other things that weren't working as well with pain meds so don't need any constipation meds or acid reducers (since cutting out gluten). Maybe this info will help someone get out of that hole of depression and isolation, too.
I use adderall, a drug used by ADHD people. It is an amphetamine and slows them down. For the rest of us, it gives us energy. I use it 6 days a week and give my body a rest on Sunday and don't take it. It really gives you your life back but use it as sparingly as possible because it is habituating if you have taken more than you need, coming off of it at the end of the day is uncomfortable. I get 20mg. tablets from my internest, but only take 10mg at a time. If I have something important in the afternoon and really have to push through, I will take another 5mg. You have to experiment with it. I can't emphasize enough how it can give you a life you used to have.
I understand when I first got diagnosed fatigue was one of my worst symptoms. I would go home from work and I would feel like someone beat me. All I could do was get a shower and pass out on the couch. It took me a while to read and do research to find out more about fibromyalgia I didn't know it caused chronic fatigue and pain. This illness is still a learning curve for me. I still have a lot to discover.
I have lived with Fibromyalgia for 20 years, and YES the fatigue is the worst!
I know if the fatigue wasn't so debilitating, I could exercise more and help my pain.
Adderall has been life-saving for me. I just started taking It about a year ago. It helps me get up and out of bed, and functioning. I don't take it every day, only when I need to try to accomplish something.
I sincerely reccomend trying it!!
I am exhausted most of the time. I have to take a nap most days. I take a walk or any kind of exercise and I am done. This has affected my life greatly. I feel like I am lazy. Even when I went to the gym on a regular basis I still felt exhausted. It makes me depressed.