Welcome bburnie, to answer your question, no you are certaintly not alone and yes, sometimes we all think we are crazy when the pain is giving us problems.
As you know, the pain, not sleeping and depression can take it's toll. Then add the pressure of the job and a family life and somedays we loose track and freek. This is why we come to this forum and get some answers and a pat on the shoulder and then for a strange reason, we feel the fibro frenzy doesn't look as bad.
I'm 54, and I hold a job and I'm only on pain killers and sleeping pills. Somedays, I go see the chiro, there are days, I need a mental adjustment and other days, where I know I'm to take it easy, do to much and regret it when the pain takes an active role.
There is no long term solution, I think it's a trying your best to get you in a happy medium.
It intitles, excercise, talking to a physician accepting that you have to closely guard your emotion in check and constantly being vigilant about what you eat and what to stay away from and some medication to help you keep the pain at bay.
Does it always work, no, unfortunately, we all go through cycles of good times and bad times.
Some do get progressevely worst and some of us get progressevely better.
Keep in mind that the signs and symptoms vary widely from one person to another. Some people have only a few, while others have many. The intensity of symptoms is different in everyone as well, ranging from mildly annoying to highly debilitating.
While a lot of fibromyalgia treatments are available, you'll likely need to experiment with different options before you find what works best for you.
Fibromyalgia treatments include:
Complementary/alternative treatments, including massage and physical therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture
Vitamins and supplements
Moderate exercise, but only if done correctly
Lifestyle changes, including diet, stress management, and pacing
Every case of fibromyalgia is different, and no treatment works for everyone. You'll probably need to work closely with your doctor to custom tailor a treatment regimen that helps you become more functional. Many people benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, which involves several healthcare providers.
While some people do experience long remissions, no one who's had fibromyalgia can truly say they don't have it any more.
As for the progression of the illness, it's hard to say whether your symptoms will get better or worse with time. Because fibromyalgia isn't degenerative, its course isn't clearly established like it is for many diseases.
Some experts say about a third of us will get worse, a third will improve significantly, and the remaining third will stay about the same.
Some studies have linked early diagnosis and treatment to better long-term outcomes, but other than this it's unclear what role treatment plays in the progression, or lack thereof, of fibromyalgia.
Welcome and I hope this forum helps you, I didn't go into what fibro is, because I think you know, what it entitles.
As for being a teacher with a pack of kids, is challenging at best but very enjoyable.
I remember I was a supply teacher and would teach about 4 days out of the week and loved it. Now I sit in a cubicle and hand cater to others, which is far worse then when I was teaching.
You may not feel that, and of course every class is different, but I also felt at home teaching. Instead I got myself to study chemistry, biology and I reasearch. It's fun, but I always wondered about being a teacher. My stint as a teacher, I have to say, I loved it, but then I didn't teach for a long time.
Keep active, it does help the fibro and keep your spirit high and do come to the forum to rant and rave we will love to have you participate.