It's been two years since my FMS diagnosis and about two years since I posted here. I thought I'd drop in and post an update, just to let people who are new to FMS know that there is hope! I'm happy to report that I now have many more good days than bad. Although I have the occasional flare, some days I am relatively pain free. Overall I have less fibro "fog". Here is a list of things that have been helping me feel better--and I know this because if I stop doing these things insomnia, fog and pain seem to return: 1. Trazodone for sleep. I currently take 50 mg. a day. 2. Exercise. After my original diagnosis I did warm-water physical therapy for six months. This permitted me to get strong enough to use the treadmill and do gentle weight lifting at the gym. I have to do some kind of gentle exercise every day. I spend an hour on my recumbant bicycle in front of the TV every day. I also try to get to the gym when I have child care. I walk to the park with my daughter. If I skip exercise for more than two days, I get depressed, foggy and achy. 3. Diet. I have discovered that Aspartame is bad and MSG is a nono. I can't overdo wheat either. I get headaches if I consume any of these things. I have read that there is a glutamate-FMS connection and I believe it. I generally eat wheat-free unless I'm at a birthday party and indulge in some cake. I cannot do alcohol at all. It triggers depression which triggers the rest. 4. Supplements. I take a prenatal vitamin and mercury-free fish oil supplements. If I am feeling other symptoms such as restless leg syndrome or painful, numb-feeling skin, I add 1 TBS. of Natural Calm magnesium per day. 5. Chiropractor for pain. My upper back, neck and shoulders are painful. During a flare I go to the chiropractor twice a week. For maintenance I go once or twice a month. Thanks to my chiropractor I do not take pain meds. 6. Asking the Universe for help. I "lost my religion" years ago--but I have found that asking for help, for hope, for energy, and patience, does help. I fell recently and sprained my ankle. The fall triggered a flare. This made me realize that I had been off the pain meds for almost 6 months. What a great run I've had! Chin up! If I can do it, anybody can!