Hello. I posted this to the general board, I guess, thinking I was in the fibro board. So, going to repost with more information. Sorry, this might be lengthy... I am 39 (almost 40...argh!) and have been living with chronic pain (daily) for about 10 years now. I have not been diagnosed with Fibro, but Friday night, or actually Saturday morning about 5 am, after not being able to sleep from the pain in my legs, I got up and started with webmd to see what could possibly be wrong with me. If you've ever been to webmd, it starts with point to where your symptoms are. Upon doing that and completing their questions, I was given about 20 options as to what the pain might be caused from. I was able to rule out many of the diagnosis's and with that, started going thru each one to see what the disorder was about and what other symptoms that I have fit where. I narrowed it down to Fibro being pretty much the only option without seeing a MD. I am currently unemployed, by choice and my husband is the only one working. He makes good money and lots of overtime, but it really doesnt leave much $ for extra things after the bills and the necessities. Plus we are in the process of remodeling our home, which is currently taking much of any extra that we do have. I really dont know at this point whether between the pain I have and the lack of sleep if I could hold a job or not. Let me get to the point...I have leg pain that is mainly centered around my joints (ankles, knees and hips). It does encompass the entire length of my legs, but hurts mostly in the joints. I have arm pain, same as with the legs. I get stomach cramps, similar to "charlie horses" as well as cramps in my feet, legs, back and neck. My legs hurt more then my arms and is more constant then pain anywhere else. Maybe its just because at this point its more noticeable. I have knots under the skin on various parts of my body. They are slightly raised but not noticeable unless pointed out and without any pain. I am depressed all the time and have no energy. I am unable to sleep and usually dont go to sleep until the sun is coming up therefore I sleep late in the afternoon or early evening, making it a vicious cycle. I am finding more and more hair in the drain of the tub or in my hairbrush. My nails are rigid and wavy (which I always thought was due to my years of acrylic nails). I notice the pain more or experience more pain when there is a storm coming, and can always tell before the meteorologist confirms it. And, OMG, I am always hungry and can never seem to get enough to eat. Last night, we ate at about 6 (steak, potato and vegies). By 8 I was starving. No kidding, I ate 2 pudding snack packs, a single size serving of pop corn, 3/4 (large) can of peaches (shared with hubby) and was still hungry. Of course, I didnt eat any more. I have had migraines for years now. I am irritable and cranky. Everything and everyone gets on my last nerve. I bite off the heads of people for just looking at me. I am having trouble remembering the simplest things. Things I have known for years and all of a sudden I cant think of things. Example being, I am a dog breeder and have been for years. Today upon speaking with my best friend, I am trying to tell her about some options to consider regarding parvo. I cant even think of the word "parvo". Couldnt think what it was called. So then I had to describe to her what I was trying to think of. We are the best of friends. I know all about her and she...me. I am then speaking about her dog and cannot think of his name. We had discussed fibro and her husband has fibro (upon many other things). I was not aware of him having fibro. I knew he has many conditions, disorders and such, but was not aware of the fibro. Upon speaking to her about this and telling her what was going on, she said it sounded like it to her. I guess I am just looking for some information. I purchased some melatonin, 5-htp, b-12, venastat as well as the fish oil and condroitin and glucosamine that I already take. Since there is not cure for the disorder, I am looking for some good alternative medications that I can take...herbal stuff, OTC...to treat the symptoms. Anyone with any ideas?