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Suggest treatment for pain and stiffness in the joints while having fibromyalgia

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1981 and have had aches and stiffness in joints and tiredness much of the time since then. In the last six to eight weeks , my condition has worsened. My body aches, I have discomfort in my chest and GERD. My eyes are dry and my mouth has a bad taste. Yesterday I felt extremely ill. Today I feel better but I am always extremely tired. I have been doing chair aerobics and my arms and shoulder ache so badly I can t continue. I am at a loss for what to do. I have a gastroenterologist, a rheumatologist who doesn t take me seriously because I have fibro, and a primary care physician who has no idea what to do. Can you advise me?
Mon, 29 Jul 2019
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Hi,

You are going through so much pain. Fibromyalgia causes a lot of pain and is a chronic condition and sadly the pain has to be tolerated for chronic ailments.

However, I feel you could consult your rheumatologist for change in pain killers as maybe you have developed tolerance to the current pain medications.

Also, applying hot fomentation to the joints will help relieve pain and let you relax.

The tiredness, pain is all due to fibromyalgia and so opting for a different set of pain killers as recommended by the rheumatologist may help along with aerobics.

About GERD I hope you are on medication. If not you can take Tablet Omeprazole available over the counter once a day in the morning half an hour before breakfast for a month.

Also, eat small frequent meals and sleep only after 2 hours of night meal to prevent reflux.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Riyanka Chail, General & Family Physician
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