Thanx for your service in the military!
The most important thing with Fibromyalgia I think , is to keep your stress levels low. I know that sounds harder said then done, but try to.
If you can try meditation or relaxing some way every day that would help.And if you need help don't be afraid to ask. Men usually don't want to admit when they need help lol(directions) but with this illness the more help you have the better.
Try to educate yourself all about Fibromyalgia so you can help yourself too.Pacing is very important, because overdoing it physically can cause you to be depleted of energy and have a flare.
A flare is when u have increased symptoms.So you have to do a little at a time and take breaks.
Some days you might feel great,and want to over do it. Try not to,and just be aware of your body's limits
When I was younger, I think I had it all along and was never diagnosed. But I had a great life. And up until the last few years , it's been more difficult.
So don't think because you have Fibromyalgia that you can't live a happy life.Its like any other disease that has some restrictions and limitatations.
If you just started this journey I would say if you can avoid the stronger medications at this point , I would.Find a good doctor that specializes in Fibromyalgia.Because a lot of the internist just are not too familiar with it. If you have pain research the meds and fund the ones that work for u.
I know you are concerned for your family.But the best thing is for them to know how your feeling .And if your tired one day, then they'll understand why.
I wish u luck