Hi - I'm happy to chat with you! I read your post earlier, and didn't have time to respond… but I wanted to say I can relate to being overwhelmed with the work of keeping up a house, (and also with the medical run-around)! I'm older than you are. I guess it is just the way life goes. Aging is hard to take, especially in this country, and it's even harder if you have illness or disability. And there's no cure for aging. You sound down and frustrated. I sympathize, and I hope you will come back and talk with us. There is a very supportive community with so much intelligent input from many people with different backgrounds and approaches. I've learned a LOT. Sometimes this board is busy and sometimes not. You just posted during one of the "not busy" times. But welcome. I know people will write to you, so please keep coming back.
I was diagnosed with fibro a couple decades ago also. I cured a lot with a gluten free diet. (My rheumy now tells his other patients to try it.) You can get a simple blood test for celiac antibodies to see if you are allergic to gluten or have celiac disease. I highly recommend the gluten free diet, which is similar to the Adkins diet - but no processed food with gluten in it. No cereal grains or flour products. No "food starch," unless it's cornstarch. Just eat real, healthy food: meat, veggies, rice, fruit, some dairy. Others on here have posted about this diet helping their pain. I have pain from other things now, but I feel that my fibro pain (what I had initially) is gone. Also, after a year, all my bloodwork normalized, I lost the weight I had gained on meds, and my immune system got much better!
Like you, I have other conditions that cause pain for me now. The antidepressants made me really sick and never helped my pain; I refuse to touch another one. Withdrawal was awful, but once it was done, I realized those drugs were CAUSING severe fatigue and many nasty symptoms. So stopping them made me BETTER. I found other, older drugs (cheaper too) that help me with sleep and pain; I cut them up and take the lowest dose I need. I researched and tried a number of supplements to help with energy and immune system. (Make sure your dr. knows if you are trying something, and google the supplement and read about side effects and interactions.) A couple things that help me with energy are acetyl-L-carnitine and a mix of ginseng and gotu kola. But everybody's different. St. John's Wort helps some people, but it made me sick. Take a good multi mineral/vitamin every day. Not Centrum, but something like Solgar that is free of dyes and additives.
Yes, I had trigger point injections. My regular doctor did a horrible job - one big shot and it hurt - no help! However, I went to an acupuncturist/anesthesiologist who used a very fine needle, went slowly and adequately numbed me, and gave me a lot of small injections around the trigger point; I also had deep (painful) massages. After a few months, the big trigger points went away, and so did the pain they were causing. Permanently!
If you have CFS, that is depressing in itself, you are so tired and it's hard to think straight or even retain what you read. Please believe that you can find help for this! I think, besides depression, a lot of CFS may be related to infections of some kind. You can easily pick up a mild form of encephalitis from a virus, or invasive dental work, or even a mosquito bite. Encephalitis can give you brain fog, body aches, and fatigue. I realized that when I took antiviral or antibiotic medication, I FELT BETTER! It GREATLY helped my CFS, and more specifically, the brain fog symptoms. I have had times when I knew my brain was not working normally. Treatment with antiviral or antibiotic cleared this up! If you google "encephalitis" and read different sites about it - you may change your mind about treatments. The problem is finding a doctor to work with you!
Google "viral causes of fibromyalgia" and read some of the sites that come up! We can't post links here, but one good site is CFS central; there is a good online forum there. Google "Dr. Dan Dantini." I haven't dealt with him, but he takes an approach to fibro that tests for and treats infections. He has some very good patient ratings online, and I think he might work with you by phone..? Read up on the old threads in general discussion - lots of great info from many different people.
There are herbs and supplements you can take to support your immune system, and I think this an important part of treating fibro and CFS. Check out Life Extension and The Vitamin Shoppe. They have sites where you can plug in symptoms and research what supplements might help you. (Make sure a doctor knows what you are taking and don't overdo it on anything. I recommend carefully trying out one supplement at a time, low dose, so you know how you react to it. Stay away from the mixtures that some people market - if there are many ingredients you aren't familiar with yet.) There are always new things coming out about supplements. Vitamin D3 is important and can help with pain. An excellent psychologist told me years ago he always recommended extra B-complex for people with depression.
There are so many things you can do to feel better - you have to learn about them and try them out. I know it's hard when you feel crummy, but I hope you will try. Just one thing could make a difference. Like I said, I'm older than you are -- and I'm BETTER than I was! Don't believe there is no cure for fibro. Of course there is, we have to find it! But I wouldn't count on the medical profession. Google "Big Pharma" and do some reading about that. : ) Hope you will soon feel better!