was feeling too bad to come and post yesterday. I promply began a sinus infection and bronchitis as if I needed that with all that is already going on. Anywho, pain management doc was great. Hubby went with me, he talked to us both, explained the mechanics of the disease and why now that I have finally found some happiness in my life and no longer get beat on, why this comes on with vengeance. He put me on some new meds; he put me on Depakote 500 mg take 2 at bedtime, Wellbutrin 150 mg take one tab in A.M., and Elavil, take two 10 mg tabs at bedtime. He told me he wants me on a high protein diet to gauard against musscle loss. I had thought over the past year my upper body stregenth had gotten very weak, and maybe this is the reason for the extra added protein. He said at this time, he doesn not want to use pain meds on me and I nearly fell out of my chair. But when he finished explaining it, it made sense. The way he explained this, what we have is left over pain from the past. And he said I fit the text-book pattern perfectly. White female in forties, childhood trauma; both sex and physical abuse, 2 abusive marriages, and then find some nice guy who respects me as a woman and a person, respects my work, is kind and loving to me and WHAM!! According to Dr. Oliver, my brain is so used to the body being in pain, it has to invent pain because it has only known pain for 42 out of 46 years and now is confused. He said I was not becoming ammune to the levels of pain meds, all the pain meds in the world would not stop the pain. I admitted at times, I had taken myself dangerously close to an overdose but would still hurt just as bad. He said see, that proves it. But he kept assuring both John and I that I was not crazy, it was something that has went heywire due to my past But he thinks he can help me and that is the best part. He also told me I can try any vitamins or supplements that I would like to or hear from fellow Fibro suffers that helps. So here is where you guys come in, what suppliments do you all take, what do you take them for and do they help?? Please list the things you all take. Yesterday, I had to go see my PCP. I go in coughing and hacking my head off. When Dr. Rogan asked me what I as there to see him there for, I told him it was either bronchitis, sinus crap, allergies, or a combo of all 3. He then said well you are certaily barking treed....... Dr. Rogan is a hunter. It turnes out I had bronchitis and sinsus infection. Geeze Louise, what great timing. When I had seen Dr. Oliver I had told him about the anxiety I was having and he told me he would rather I stuck with my PCP for that. So when I was in to see Dr. Rogan yesterday and told him how I was feeling he said it was definately anxiety and it was shooting up my B/P. So first thing, he increased my B/P medicine, he put me on buSPAR, Atavan, a Ambien for sleep, and 2 antibiotics for the bronchitis and sinus infection I have. Yesterday I took advantage of the anti-anxiety drugs, I took a double dose of them, turned off the ringer on the phone, made sure critters were all okay and I layed down. John came in, I woke up long enough to say hi and went back to sleep. I didn't get up with him this morning to get him off to work, I just got up about an hour ago. I think this was some much needed sleep I indulged myself in. The buSPAR and the Ativan is a god send. I no longer feel like my insides are quivering or that if I can't get away from the situation or place I am in, that I am not gonna rip my clothers off and run screaming. I can't tell you how long it has been since I felt this calm. So if you will guys, please list the vitamins and herbals you use and what you use them for. I am willing to try anything. And this is with Dr. Oliver's blessing. He said the more things I can find that will help myself, he can pass on to his patients as well. Thanx to all. You all are the best!! A much more calm but still hurting Karen.