It's my first time here and I think it's lovely how much support people give each other on this site. It's so what we need, people being horrible to me just intensifies the pain even more. I'm sorry if you've discussed this all before but was wondering if any of you have tried these or other methods for dealing with fibromyalgia and if they have worked for me: Acupuncture has really done a lot of good for me. It stopped my sympmtoms getting worse and worse which they were doing, and even helped the side effects of my painkillers. It is even gradually improving the condition, although it is a slow process, the benefits are brilliant. I don't know for sure if it will get rid of it completely or not. I had to find the right acupuncturist which had been studying it full time for three years unlike my first one who had studied half the time and just wasn't anywhere near as good (and was a bit more painful- the one i have now is basically painless the needles can be as thin as you like, the thinner they are the less likely they'll cause even the tiniest bit of pain) been doing the fibromyalgia weekly plans with dr.selfridge's book 'the five week plan to heal fibromylagia, i thought it was worth a try and it has done some good, like joy's advice about journaling and even taking it further than joy said. i've been getting lots of fibromyalgia books from the library, ordering them from other libraries and they've been doing good. I thought they wouldn't as my fibro started with physical injury but i'll try just about anything. Found so many relaxation exercises etc help lessen the pain a lot too, and love the self-help tapes,i can't get enough of them-even if they just make me fall asleep, the relaxtion really helps. The Novosonic intrasound massager seems to be helping to, especially with my memory loss (weird) and pains, especially because it helps circulation etc and massages right into the joints as well as the outer muscles. Chinese herbs too, I've found do some good. if anyone could tell me if anyone else had any success stories with these methods or other, however minor? any advice would be good as I'm determined to battle this out- as much as i am able. they say whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, wow are we going to be stronger one day eh? i so relate to tracy and everyone- it's so difficult, i'm too ill to see my friends-i hardly ever see them-but when i am better they won't be able to get rid of me** they are so lovely, honestly but i haven't got the energy for them so they cause me lots of pain if i hang round with them. i'm still fighting my positive person i used to me with the negative thoughts that come into my head, other people in mmy life know they got to be good with me, but other people have problems of thei own. This selfridge book is helping me deal with their stress though. p.s am 24, have had fibro almost 3 years, only been diagnosed about a year ago (if that).