Hi all! I'm new here and just wanted to introduce myself. I've had fibro for about 5 years now. I take tramadol but it just masks the pain for a little bit. I also have CFS and I hate being tired all the time. Does anyone know of any natural ways to deal with this? I'm so tired of being in a fog all the time because of the medicine. I just wish there was a way to control the pain without it. Also, my doctor says that while I still take the tramadol that it wouldn't be a good idea to get pregnant. We already have 1 daughter but I've always wanted to have another child. He says the medicine can cause deformities or other problems with the child. Unfortunately the pain is so bad all the time I can't function without it. I've cut the dosage down to 2 pills 2 x a day from 3 pills 3x a day but whenever I try to go without it the pain gets so unbearable I just sit and cry all the time. Sorry for such a long message I guess I'm finally happy just to find a place with other people that are dealing with this. I feel all alone in this. We are stationed in Japan and my husband just doesn't get it most of the time. He thinks I'm just being lazy and that it's "mind over matter" and that I'm a whimp.