to make a very long story short, i've felt fibromyalgia symptoms coming on and gradually worsening for the past four or five years now. i've talked at length to my chiropractor about it and she's fairly convinced that i have it. for multiple reasons, mainly fear and a previous lack of insurance and money, i haven't mentioned it to my regular doctor even though i've had good insurance for the past two years. until today, that is. it's not getting better, it's getting worse, and i need to at least have a (somewhat) firm diagnosis so that i can proceed from there, and try to treat it naturally, which is what i try to do with my health. anyway, i spoke to her today and brought my detailed list of all my weird symptoms, when it all started, different episodes i've noted throughout the years, and requested that i'd like to see a rheumatologist. she was very kind, as she always is, and talked a bit about pursuing other tests first to rule things out before we take that step. this is reasonable to me. i got my thyroid checked, which i haven't done in 3 years, and she did another blood test to check the inflammation levels in my muscles, and gave me a prescription for meloxicam to take for the next 2 weeks before i go back to her, to see if it helps my chronic pain. she mentioned a next step being a sleep study because sleep apnea could bring this kind of achiness. here comes my question to you all: have you done sleep studies, and how many of you have sleep apnea? what does the sleep study usually entail (what's it like? i'm nervous) and how do you treat your apnea? and finally, i'm feeling a little discouraged that if i do have sleep apnea, she'll basically stop there and consider that my diagnosis. in my gut i know there's more going on than that. any experiences with this kind of scenario? how would you handle it? thanks so much for patiently reading all of that.