when I was first seen by a doctor in a rheumatology clinic for diverse joint stiffness and pain, I was given ibuprophen aqnd muscle relaxers. after several months of this and getting only worse, we changed to Darvon and muscle relaxers. After about a year of suffering with no relief, I was diagnosed with a musculo-skelator disorder and xrayed and MRIed, alltests were negative or inconclusive. By the end of trying to deal with the condition, my DOCTORS had be taking oxycodone, sustained release morphine sulfate and sublingual morphine sulfate for pain and lorazapam and klonipin for sleep. This treatment essentially turned me into a zombie with no relief of the pain and bad sleep, if any, every night. I was not able to function at work, home or anywhere. I had no clearity of thought and still had the pain. The morphine just made it so I didn't care. THEN a wonderful thing happened to me. I was sent to a nurse practitioner for meds follow-up because the doctors had given up and didn't want to waste their time with me anymore. This nurse practioner almost immediately recognized the deficiencies in my sleep pattern as a root cause and not a side effect. We corrected the sleep problem with Ambien 10mg combined with 400mg of Neurontin taken right before bed. This combination allowed me to sleep 6-7 hours of restful sleep and wake up with virtually no stiffness and better mobility. In order to assure that I was tired every night so I would sleep, she also gave me 300mg of Provigile, a stimulant for narcoleptics first thing in the morning. The improvement was profound but I still needed large amounts of narcotic pain killers during the day and they weren't even able to get rid of the pain. Then a couple of months ago, she asked how I was doing and I told her about the daily pain. She suggested that we try the Neurontin during the day in smaller doses to minimize the drousy side effect. Within two weeks of taking the neurontin daily (100mg twice a day)the pain was diminished by about 50%. I have since increased to 300mg twice a day and 400mg at bedtime of the neurontin. Along with that I take 300mg of Provigil first thing in the morning and 10mg of Ambien at bedtime. This treatment has allowed me to consistantly get 6-7 hours of restful sleep each night and wake up refreshed without stiffness and only minimal pain. I now do not get as tired during the day and have a greater clarity of mind. This process has demonstrated that the pain I was experiencing was neurologic pain (pain actually produced by the nerves themselves) and not muscle, joint capsule or soft tissue pain. It also demonstrated the need to establish a normal regenerative restful sleep pattern to help isolate what is being caused by lack of sleep and what is being caused by the nervous system, whether its from nerve damage (as in my case) or by an autoimmune disorder as with most patients. I AM NOW DIAGNOSED WITH FIBROMYALGIA AND PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY. THE HORRIBLE SUFFERING IS OVER FOR ME, ALL IT TOOK WAS ONE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL WITH COMPASSION AND NO PRECONCIEVED IDEAS ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA. THAT AND A LITTLE DEDUCTIVE WORK THAT IF MORPHINE DOESN'T GET RID OF THE PAIN, IT MUST NOT BE CAUSED BY WHATEVER THE MORPHINE WORKS ON. I NO LONGER TAKE ANY NARCOTICS AND THE MEDS I DO TAKE ARE NOT HABIT FORMING AND HAVE VERY MINIMAL SIDE EFFECTS IF ANY PLUS I FEEL BETTER THAN I HAVE IN TEN YEARS, I ACTUALLY WANT TO GO OUT AND DO THINGS AGAIN.