Hi there, My soulmate has not yet been formally diagnosed with FM. She is still going thru the motions with her doctor, neurologist and physical therapist to eliminate other possible causes for her pain, depression, sleepless nights, headaches, bladder problems, stomach cramps and so much more. She had an MRI of the neck area last week and her neurologist could find nothing. Her doctor has been very helpful in precribing her pain meds not to mention all the other meds he has been trying on her. She has progressed into this DD quite rapidly in the last 4-5 months. She was in a car accident last year and that is when it all started. The doc started her on Prednisone last week and she is taking some anti-depressants too. He now has her on Neronotin( I don't think that is spelled right) too. She has been taking Ambien to sleep but they cost so much that we can't afford them all the time. She has scoliosis in her upper back and that is where most of the knots have been forming in her muscles. Although, her back pain has moved to the lower back this past week or so. She now has to keep a box with all her pills split out for each day cause she has been getting very forgetful("Fibro Fog" maybe)lately. I am so very worried that this western medicine approach with all the pills may be causing some of the symptons she is having. I am so frustrated because she is great one day and then gets terribly crabby and withdrawn the next! She will feel good one day and do laundry or clean house but then she can hardly function the next day!! I asked her to try Noni but she is unwilling to stop all the meds right now. I love her with all my heart and I am trying so hard to be understanding and to have faith that she will have a better quality of life someday. I spend many hours each week becoming more knowledgable of this DD. I have been telling her and myself to just try and go one day at a time!! We have been close friends for years and only recently(4 months ago) took our relationship to this upper level. It has been really hard sometimes. I almost gave up several times when she would tell me "Leave me alone!!". I was terrible about understanding her mood swings but am getting better. She is very beautiful and from just looking at her you wouldn't even know that she is in severe pain all the time. She does such a great job at hiding it from most people. Sorry to ramble on like this but I have been reading many posts from this site and The Wall and I felt that I needed to get some of this stuff out of my mind and just say it. Sometimes I wish I could just feel her pain and other symptons for awhile so that I could learn to be more empathic. Sometimes when she is mad she will tell me "You don't have to be here". She is right; we are not married and have not committted loyalty to each other. It would be easy to just walk away right now. I'm still here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!