For three years I've hardly had a fibro symptom thanks to 30 mg of Nortriptyline at bedtime. No flares, just occasional stiffness after a long drive or when I had the flu. This past week I painted my bathroom and an hour after I finished, my back started aching. My symptom progressed quickly and soon my entire back, my hips and knees were all aching. By the next morning, I had tears running down my cheeks because the pain was so bad. I had to go to the hospital emergency for a shot of demerol. I'm taking a muscle relaxant and an anti-inflammatory for four days and my symptoms are starting to ease up. Mornings are the worst with pain and stiffness throughout my body and it takes a good two hours to subside to a more manageable level. What I'm wondering is whether anyone else has long periods of time with little or no symptoms and then "SURPRISE," you find yourself in a major flare? Thanks in advance!