Cruise through this site and you will quickly see how we cope. Some days are better than others. 2 years ago I had 3 surgeries and healed quickly and well. Some said surgeries really drug them under but not me. 3 weeks ago I had a total knee replacement and the FM has been kicking my butt! I also have bursitis in my hip rearing its ugly head after several years of it being quiet- in the same side. Now I know what they meant. Even though there are pain meds it isn't enough to keep the intense burning/aching/flu-like/stiff as a board/cramping at bay. God help me.
Prayer, diversions like seeing my grandkids, reading, crochet, watering plants outside-these things help to distract from the pain. Supplements help more than I thought. 10 days before surgery I was told to stop taking all supplements, very soon the FM symptoms came on so strong! I'll never doubt that they help now.
Take care, and I hope we can help you navigate this new world.