Hey, all...this is my first day on the message board, and my brain seems about to explode from everything I've read here today. Not to mention what it's probably doing to my liver with the extra pain meds. I've been researching via the internet for the past 2 years, but have never checked out a message board or chat until today. I'm reeling from all the suggestions and support I've gotten so far, so before I say anything else...thank you one and all! But anyway, here is my most recent question: it seems that most of the messages I've read seem to indicate that the fibro was either inherited or brought on by physical trauma. I am the first person in my family to develop the DD...at least to the degree that it is debilitating (although I think my mom does have some mild symptoms, and while I had some pretty serious physical injuries when I was younger (I am now 40), the major fibro symptoms did not being until I underwent a horrendous summer of mental and emotional stress 2 yrs. ago. My rheumy disagrees; she says I probably had symptoms long before this but "pressed on regardless" due to my seriously type-A personality. Maybe, but my point is this: up until that autumn 2 years ago, I was ABLE to press on regardless. I suppose if I had any symptoms, I attributed them to getting older. Then, suddenly, after I exhausted myself pursuing my masters degree...driving 90 miles 4 days a week for 2 months, researching and writing my thesis....going back to work (I am a high school teacher), I knew I was dragged out and experiencing physical pains I was unaccustomed to, but the "crash" came 2 months later when my grandmother died. I seemed to come down with the flu a few days after the funeral, then descended into what I now know are the fibro symptoms. I have yet to recover although I do have an "up" day here and there). Is there anyone else out there who has become symptomatic without a recent physical trauma? Also, I was diagnosed as an adult as ADHD (informally, when I had my son tested), and I've seen some things on the internet indicating that there is a relationship. I find it difficult to believe that cervical spine injuries almost 30 years old could be the cause of my symptoms, and I know they are not the result of "depression" as my GP would have had me believe (if I'm depressed, it's because of the damn symptoms!). Is there anyone out there who can relate to this rather long-winded bio? I've heard from several of you who can relate to my specific type of pain (for which I am eternally grateful) but the more I read, the more questions I seem to have! Also: does anyone know anything about the Atkins diet and fibro? A lady from my local support group, who has had fibro for 15 years and hasn't had a pain-free day since, went on the low carb diet. She says that after a few weeks her symptoms went away, and she's been in remission for 2 months. I tried it for a week and went down 2 sizes, which I cannot really afford to do. I have a high metabolism and really can't afford to lose that much weight (so explain my fatigue, please? I should have TONS of energy!). Any experiences with the Atkins diet would be greatly appreciated....sorry this is so long, but my brain is functioning right now and I have to get it all out while I can!