Yes. I've read that magnesium deficiency can also be a factor.
for exercise i stick with stretching, some yoga and walking. lots of people like swimming. in other words, low impact. your best bet is to find a dr knowledgeable about fibro.
I had been doing pilates every other day for three years, and the weird thing is, as soon as I stopped, my pain was less severe, which makes no sense to me. When I started up again, so did the pain. I can do aerobic activity with no problem. Very weird.
have you tried doing more stability exercises, even a little free weights, *close* to the body?
i have had intermittent bouts of major body pain, at some points it was thought that i had fibro, and i recently, i had some serious pain again (after having a very stable bout). I had spoken to my chiro/ biocranial therapist, and she showed me that many of those exercises which involve extension, far from the body, can cause stress and tension in other weaker parts of the body. I tried her suggestions, and immediately, the pain was gone.
Basically, she suggested that i do my floor exercises that involved *really* isolating the stomach, leg or arm muscle that i was working on... and keeping the weight close w/in my body frame. (i hope that makes sense. lol)
Increase your consumption of raw foods and maybe even go high raw because it has been shown to help with chronic pain:
however there are some little problems with these studies...one being that they were done on small groups of people, another is that many of the patients dropped out because I guess they couldn't go raw.
Rubbing Capsaicin (stuff in peppers that makes them hot) on the skin where your joints hurt can alleviate pain:
Also try eliminating common allergenic foods for a week or longer at a time to see if they spike an increase in joint pain. Wheat, soy, dairy...etc the common allergens can all worsen the symptoms of fibro.
“May all sentient beings be free of pain and suffering. May all sentient beings experience eternal joy and happiness. gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā.”
I was waiting to hear back from my regular Dr. for a follow up appointment. I had gone to a rheumatologist who wrote a letter to my Dr. saying I had fibro etc. After 3 weeks I finally called my regular Dr. and he had gotten the letter but didn't call me back. I made an appointment and went the other day and he prescribed the Elavil. I'm going to get some today. Hopefully it helps.