I have fibro and am currently in nursing school
. I was originally diagnosed at the age of 15. Back then it was called fibrositis. They barely knew what it was. I was given an old school anti-inflammatory and told I needed this fancy pillow to help me sleep. Things have really changed since the 90s but they still don't know a whole lot about it. I have done 12 hour clinical days and have been fine. I finally have mine under control, which means I know the pain isn't going to get any better, but it doesn't get worse either. I have a daily routine that I stick to. And I mean stick to it. It's a big part of why I'm feeling much better now than 5 years ago. I also have my family doctor and pain management doctor on board with me doing this. I will let you know what I do.
I go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. This helps me get adequate sleep and get on a good sleeping schedule. Sometimes, I still don't sleep no matter what. I still get myself out of bed by 6am and I get back in by no later than 10pm at night. If I had a bad night of sleeping, I may take a nap during the day. Rest is important.
I do some sort of exercise every day. This time of the year it's walking or running. It helps my muscles stretch out and helps with stress. If I am very stressed out, my fibro flares up. So during the stress of nursing school exercise is important. So is sleep.
I do not miss a dose of my meds. I take them at the same time every day. If I miss a dose of one of my meds, my fibro flares up. I also know what meds can trigger a flare-up for me. For some reason antibiotics and steroids do that to me. Pretty much anything that messes with my immune system. I will only take an antibiotic if I am desperate. And I refuse steroids. I swear, some day they are going to find out that fibro is an autoimmune disorder. Anything that throws my immune system off balance flares me right up.
I try to eat healthy as much as I can. This is not always possible. I have days where I am just like I'm tired, I'm going through a drive-thru. But, I don't keep junk around my house. I stock my fridge with fresh fruit. I drink a little bit of coke in the morning for some caffeine. The rest of the day I drink water. I may indulge in some wine every now and then, but I don't eat a lot of crap. Heavy food weighs you down and makes you just feel heavy and tired. Especially in the summer I eat a lot of fruit and salads. But I also don't deprive myself if I have a craving. Depriving yourself makes it worse. If you need some ice cream one day, eat a little. Doing that makes it easier to eat healthy.
I make sure I go to all of my appointments. I see my pain management doc every 3 months. I see my family doc twice a year. I go to the OB once a year. I get my check-ups, I get my flu shot every year.
It really took me about a full year of doing all of this to feel good. But having a routine has helped me greatly and knowing what triggers my flare-ups too helps me learn to avoid what does.
Good luck and talk to your doctor. It's possible to do this, you just need to take care of yourself.