hi. by way of introduction, i have a Dx of FM since 2002 + CFS since 2004. overall, i am doing well managing pain with OTC meds and fatigue as well as i can. my primary treatment is chiro, which has given me a life i had lost. i am a (mother and) teacher, so i tend to crash frequently, but doing well enough for now. i have had 2 recent upsetting pain episodes - unlike ANY FM pain, the pain is not "fibro-pain", but very disconcerting and i would like whatever input i can gain....thank you, lisa. i have described the episodes below: EPISODE #1: THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO 2ND EPISODE: Was lying in bed resting fine, got up to go downstairs. Sudden, mass of pain in center of chest at sternum. Pain filled up entire upper body trunk: through both shoulders throughout entire chest, abdomen, down to hips, front and back, both sides, like a solid cement of pain. Some radiating pain from center to upper back. Hands, forearms numb – pins and needles – both sides, same time. Had to breathe like late stage labor breathing: shallow, “hee-hee-hee-hee” breaths. Couldn’t take a full deep breath for entire episode. Couldn’t sit up straight or stand up straight or walk. Curled up on couch for entire episode, 20-30 minutes, before pain even began to subside. Lasted 20-30 minutes, with no reprieve until episode was over. Minor pain, discomfort throughout night. Next day, felt all over weakness, fatigue and felt the need to move gingerly. EPISODE #2: Sunday, October 18, 2009, 10PM Was lying in bed resting fine, got up to go downstairs. While moving down the stairs the pain began. Sudden, moderate chest pain – balled in center of chest at the sternum. Pain branched out from center in sharp knife pains toward shoulder blades, without losing momentum of pain at center. Needed to breathe shallow. Couldn’t sit up straight or stand up straight, although better than with first episode. No comfortable position. Lasted apx 15 minutes, still minor pain, discomfort throughout night. Next day, feeling of weakness, fatigue. ***** any thoughts or experiences you can share would be great. thank you, lisa.