On another thread, there has been some discussion of the therapeutic benefits of music. Most of the messages (maybe all except mine) focused on listening to music performed by others. I have a different question, as the title of this post indicates: Does anybody else on this board play a musical instrument (or create music on a computer) to relax? I've seen messages from at least one person (maybe more) who was a professional musician before FM, but I'm not talking about being a professional or even about playing in front of other people. I'm just wondering whether anybody else finds the process/experience of playing a musical instrument to be therapeutic. I find that playing my MIDI arranger keyboard (which has a much lighter touch than an acoustical piano) and/or working on a song in my MIDI software makes me feel better, even though I'm not very good at playing live. (MIDI software allows me to fix my mistakes before recording my music. That's a real boon when your hands don't move the way you want them to move!) However, because of my fibro symptoms, my MS symptoms or both, this sometimes becomes difficult. For example, I'm currently dealing with rotator cuff tendinitis in my right arm. This is the arm I use for controlling my computer mouse, which I use to edit my original compositions. I have a feeling that over-use of the mouse might be contributing to the tendinitis problem, but doing music makes me feel so much better about my life that it seems to be worth the pain. Still, if anybody else also plays or composes music as a way of relaxing or at least getting away from fibro concerns, I'd be interested in whether you've had to make any changes or use any special equipment to accommodate your symptoms. If so, what changes did you make and/or what special equipment did you find helpful? --Laura R.M.