Hi, I'm new here too. This is my first time on an FMS message board. I was just recently diagnosed and I've been looking around for support and info. For several years I've had almost constant pain in all of my joints and bones which has pretty much steadily gotten worse. It almost feels like my body has a toothache. Sometimes in any given area it will hit me so intensely it takes my breath away. My PC ran a lot of tests 2 years ago for lupus, RA, Epstein-Barre, ordered Xrays, bone scans, bone density tests. She told me I had "a little osteo-arthritis". Right after that is when I had back surgery for a ruptured disk - my 2nd one - and I've had PT a few times since then. My neurosurgeon refused to prescribe pain medication for me after 2 months and pretty much told me my pain was in my head, so I started seeing a DO. I've been seeing him ever since, and he just repeated the blood tests for RA and lupus and they were again negative. He also put me through nerve conduction tests and EMG and I have carpal tunnel syndrome too. I just saw my PC again and brought her up to speed on everything the DO is doing/saying and she pretty much rolled her eyes at the FMS diagnosis, ordered repeat bone scans/bone density tests. I've tried pretty much everything I can think of, or has been suggested to me; eliminating certain things from my diet, coral calcium (HUGE mistake, I am allergic to shellfish and this did not agree with me), heat, cold, exercising, meds. I've always been active, and the last 8-10 months the pain has prevented me from exercising on a regular basis, so now I'm going to try Pilates or Yoga, hopefully I'll find something that will help. As for meds, my DO has me on Zanaflex at night and just added Elavil, because I haven't slept for more than 3 hours at a time in a few years. Some nights it helps me sleep and the days that follow those nights, my pain level is down. I'm also on Bextra, but I don't notice any improvement from that. I take muscle relaxers early in the day, and Lortab for the pain. On a good day I will only need it 1-2 times, but more often than not, I take it 4 times a day. It doesn't end the pain, but it takes the edge off of it. I work full time and may even have to get a 2nd P/T job. I'm hesitant to talk about the pain I experience because I'm so afraid people will just think it's in my head. I have also found that people tend to look down on you when you are constantly taking meds. I'm hoping to find some valuable information or suggestions here, and at the very least a place where I can vent about this and be understood.