Hi everyone; I came down with FMS about 5 years ago it was so bad I could hardly move and the pain was terrible. I had to quite work and sit still. Luckily I'm a never give up type of person and tried everything and finally came up with something that worked. I read a very interesting book about the mind/body connection for pain (specifically back pain) but applied it to FMS and it worked. The FMS kept improving - it would try to creep back, but I just kept reapplying the technique that I came up with from my reading. I literally am able to make pain dissolve within seconds. The pain wants to control your life so that you don't have to deal with anything - it takes over, thus it has accomplished it's mission. Certain situations during your life or the present in the unconscious want to break out into the conscious so the pain is there as a distraction - and it does just that - it debilates you to the point that it is all consuming. So you have to call it's bluff. This is done through various techniques such as visualization, etc. but it actually does work. At first it is a constant battle but after a while it realizes its not going to win and it rather quickly leaves. If there is a stressful situation that comes up in your life it will try to reappear but just don't let it. I know initially doctors said it's in my head (but I knew the pain was really there) but what they really meant was that the pain is created within our mind. What our unconscious brain is doing is changing our chemistry and producing more acid within our system - which actually does cause pain. So once I applied the techniques and not the pain control me, it worked. At first I thought I was crazy as I would be in pain and I thought how could I do this to myself, but I just wanted to get better and if that's what it took I would give it my best shot. So I had to push the limits. I'm back to working and in the past week just painted my house and garage. It feels so good to be able to move again and do things, not sleepy, I can get out of bed in the morning refreshed and not stiff. I keep pushing the limits and not letting the pain try to creep back and surprisingly I'm winning. If you want to get better - call the pain's bluff. I know how you are suffering so just do it.