Hi all! I am new to the board as well as to the condition. I will try to make my story short. Immediatly following a cold, I began to have this nagging pain/need to pop my joints in my lower back/hips in Dec 07'. Initially I went to see a chiropracter. In the very very beginning it seemed to help some, then decreased in it's effectiveness. About 2 months inot that treatment after I spent an entire 24 hours without sleep I saught treatment with my family practitioner. He did all kinds of testing, concluded that I had arthritis in my back & degeneration in my hips. He sent me to physical therapy & put me on Vicadin. PT did nothing for me & d/t to some GI issues he would not switch me to a rx NSAID regardless of my worries with long-term narcotic use. He finally got frustrated along with me & decided to run a test for ankylosing spondylosis gene. It came back pos & I was refered out to the one & only rheumo office in my area. Due to my continued high sed rates the rheumo tried sev diff rx Nsaid's & pred , none gave me relief. About 4 weeks ago I awoke to a generalized swelling, very mild fever, & total body ache, very weak hands & knees. I could only describeit as the flu times 10!! I was robbed of all enery & just hurt. After 3 trips to the rheumo in one week, & one trip tp the ER over the weekend for pain mgt. The rheumo decides now that I have fibromyalgia. Currently his long term treatment plan for me is Fetanyl patches & muscle relaxers at bed time. I am concerned about using this for a long term treatment. I have scoured the net looking for info as he gave me none. I currently take 25 mg amitryptiline (sp?) at bed time, 0.5 mg Clonazapam at bed time, 1000mg Tylenol several times thru out the day, alternating with 800mg Ibuprofen, the fetanyl, & the flexaril twice a day.(sp) My questions are: 1) is generalized swelling a symptom usually associated with Fibro? 2) I know everyone is diff but are flares typical to last this long? I am now at 4 weeks 3) Does anyone know of a good site to look up diet recomendtions? 4) Are there certain triggers? I can not think of anything diff I did prior to this last "flare" 5) Are long term uses of flexaril & fetanyl an accepted measure of long-term treatment? I know that was alot & if you made it this far thank you for reading my story!