I went to my chiropractor after work yesterday morning for back/neck pain and she said my body was essentially in alignment, and my pain was likely due to a fibro flare up. I haven't been diagnosed with fibro, although I've been warned that my chronic pain issues could have me end up there, so now I'm wondering if I should pursue addressing the case head on. My chiropractor said I exhibit many of the classic signs, but today was the first day she said "fibro flare up" and it triggered a fear I've had ever since I'd been warned last year by a previous chiropractor. Can I have a mild case now and not know it? I know I need to address the chronic pain/sleep problems, and up to this point I thought I was managing well with regular chiropractic & massage, exercising when I could, and taking a zillion supplements while limiting medications (both OTC & prescription) for pain or sleep. Lately Benadryl has not helped much with sleep, and I've tried to wean off Motrin with no success. The non-pharmacological methods don't work too well for sleep due to my full-time night shift schedule, and I'm wondering if a sleep study would be worthwhile (I wake up multiple times a day and have difficulty falling asleep unless I'm exhausted). I have friends who have fibro, and all of them seem so much more severely affected than I do with my symptoms. Yeah, I sleep poorly, but use mild medication to help, and I'm night shift so I have an excuse. Yeah, I have chronic pain, but I ignore it to do the things I want to do, or pop Motrin or a muscle relaxer when it gets too bad to function. Yeah, I'm fatigued 90% of the time, but I just drink some tea and press on, letting adrenaline carry me through instead of just stopping and saying I'm too tired. Yeah, I'm hypersensitive to touch, but I stretch and use heat, massage, and electric stim to reduce the reactions. Now I'm wondering if not really addressing the situation is going to make it worse, or perhaps I have fibro and it's just a mild case. Ideally I'd like to get off all medications and just address it with diet, exercise, and alternative therapies. I know night shift is exacerbating the problem, but at this point I have to work it for a variety of reasons, and it's not a permanent career decision - eventually I will go back to a normal schedule in a few years when I have kids. I certainly can do more light exercise and other treatments, but I haven't done so over the past few months because the pain/insomnia has been less, and just flared up over the last two weeks. Maybe the flare up is an indication that ignoring it is maybe not a good idea? Thoughts and recommendations would be helpful. I am just starting to look into this. I'm really scared to end up like some of my friends who are debilitated by this condition. I have serious plans for the future and I don't want some crummy condition to hinder me from enjoying my life.