Asked by Sarah R. Burke
Why Does My Body Hurt All Over Every Day?
I have fibromyalgia and arthritis, and though I take medication I've grown immune to the dosage that I take. I'm in pain all over every day, and the fatigue is keeping me from doing anything at all. I can't shop, play with grandkids, or do housework. I get so disgusted because I remain tired all the time. Is there help for me?
The fatigue of fibromyalgia can be overwhelming. In fact, many people say it's worse than the pain because it interferes with your life so much.
A large part of the fatigue probably comes from the fact that most people with FM do not get quality, refreshing sleep. So addressing any sleep problems would be a good place to start. You might want to consider having a sleep study done to see if you have any problems like sleep apnea that can be treated. They should also be able to help you with tips and/or medications to help improve your sleep. Here's an article that may be helpful:
How to Fix Your Sleep Cycle
If fatigue is a serious problem, you might ask your doctor if Provigil (modafinil) or Dexedrine ER would be appropriate for you. They can be quite helpful at increasing energy levels, however, if you have heart problems, you cannot take them.
I know you mention feeling frustrated, and that's certainly common, but try to give yourself a break. Living with this type of chronic pain is extremely hard! One of the most important things you can do for yourself is learn to manage your energy. See if you can notice a trend in times of day when you have more energy than others, and try to get just one thing done during that time.
This article on the "spoon theory" of chronic pain may help you visualize ways to cope with your pain and fatigue.