I did some more looking around on the American Chronic Pain Association website and found this Fibro 101 document. It’s a good refresher for anyone who has fibromyalgia and is a great resource for anyone who has just been diagnosed. Everyone who lives with chronic pain—or cares about someone who does—can understand. The materials and information here can help you or someone you know understand the social, economic, and personal issues related to pain.
This document talks about ways to improve communication with your doctor(s) so you can get the help you need. It also has a good chart of where our tender points are most often located. This document talks about common symptoms, how to live with fibromyalgia, how to deal with the fear of when the pain will spike and be worse, how to learn to live with chronic pain and how to deal with not being able to make plans in advance because we never know how we’re going to feel.
There’s also a Fibro Pain Map tool so you can map your pain and take that to your doctor. It looks like a great tool.