So, I've had FM for 12 years now. I first got sick when I was 15. I'm now 27, and my body seems to have adjusted over the years (it's much less severe than the first 3 years were), but I'm still struggling. I have a full-time job and just got a part time job in addition to that. Both are very physically laborious. I feel that possibly I was lucky to get it so young, because my body sort of grew into it rather than being completely overtaken by it. I'm still in daily pain, but it's at a level that I generally ignore, except for when I'm in flares. I also don't have the awful insomnia I did in the first 3-4 years. I was put on Viibryd last year for depression, and surprisingly it made me feel better physically, as well. Not cured, but the pain was muted compared to what it was without the antidepressant. I've accepted that there are things I will never again be able to do - I can't go shopping at a mall, or it'll cause a severe crash from sensory overload and I'll have trouble walking out of there. I can't be around any fume-intensive chemicals like bleach or nail polish remover, or those will make me sick for an entire day. I have to watch my energy level, know my limits, and know when to stop spending energy and just potato out at home. I generally ignore these rules at work, except for the chemicals, because those will make me useless at my job. I was on ADHD meds in high school to help get me through the school days, but I always crashed hard when they wore off, and they caused headaches. I wouldn't go back on them again. Now I'm pretty much addicted to coffee to help get me through, but that's often not enough to overcome the fatigue. I had severe anemia last winter, and it got serious enough that I was almost sick enough to be hospitalized. I couldn't go up two steps of stairs without feeling out of breath. It made me realize that this is how FM flares feel for me - deadly anemia-level exhausted, in addition to the increased pain, which unfortunately is usually worst in my knees. I'm wondering what other people do - especially young people that were diagnosed as juveniles - when they get a flare, or when they're having a particularly bad day. Generally, my flares don't last more than a week; they used to last months, so I'm lucky on that. But I still don't have anything I can do when I actually get one. I just suffer through it and make myself work even though I feel like I'll collapse the whole time. Ibuprofen doesn't work, opioids don't work, the only thing that seems to help even a little is heating pads, but ofc those don't help with the other symptoms, and they aren't mobile. What do you guys do when you're in more pain or exhaustion than usual just to keep functioning? I'd really appreciate suggestions on anything that worked for you!