I haven't been here in a while, but I was diagnosed with FM in Febrary 2004. I had been so bad I nearly had to crawl to get from my car to the house after work. I tried antidepressants and magnesium infusion. I took supplements suggested by the holistic naturopath, and I had tests for parasites and all sorts of conditions. I don't know that any of these things helped. I began taking Welbutrin XL (extended release formula) in June 2004 and started therapy for anxiety and depression. The Welbutrin improved my moods and the therapy gave me a chance to explore what was going on in my life. I still had some soreness but not as much, and I hadn't had a flare in quite some time. By October 2004 I had started exercising some. In April 2005 my life changed. I met someone who helped me find myself and set me on the path to freedom. This person helped me challenge the cage I had placed around myself and I have broken the chains that held me. I no longer suffer from physical pain (except when I work out really hard!) and my tender points are gone. I have had one mild cold in the last year. I have lost 50 pounds, I am learning and advancing through martial arts, I run an 11 minute mile (soon to be 10). I have been on a spiritual journey into myself and I found that my FM was a manifestation of the pain my spirit was enduring because I caged it. I buried my true self so deep that I couldn't find her. This dear person walked into my life and helped me find the key to unlocking my self-imposed prison. I have not taken any antidepressants in over 3 months. Please understand that I do not mean that I found religion. What I have is a path, a way of life. There is no prayer or place of worship, just a self-realization. I have a long way to go and so much more to learn, but I am living a thousand time better than before. It is not an easy path, nor can I promise that it will work for everyone, but I ask you to examine your hearts and see if there is an aspect of your psyche that you have trapped away becaus it didn't fit into the expected rules. Set it free, love it, nourish it. I send a message of hope; it is possible to recover, to live an incredible life. I don't have the key, but I can share with you my experiences. I warn you now, I don't fit societal norms, so if you cannot accept what you hear, then this path may not be for you. It is your choice. Blessings to all of you.