Kathryn, Karen and Joellen - that you so much for the book titles - and I do agree that often we patients do know more about this malady than our doctors. In my case, I was not diagnosed correctly until I actually went to a Rheumatologist - and then of course the family doctor believes you after they hear from another in their ilk...but once that was accomplished, I was a candidate blessed by the medical profession to attend 16 Pain Management sessions at the hospital. Every session had a guest speaker, a Pharmacist, a Rheumatologist, a Physio-therapist, a Nutritionist, a Family Councillor, and also a Shrink...We learned how that even though we are in pain, we must use our muscles gently - must make a huge effort several times a day to breathe deeply. FM'ers due to our overall body discomfort often shallow breathe which does not deliver enough oxygen to our cels - which is life to these microscopic structures. We were told that warm baths (not hot) were best - swimming in a pool was good to move muscle as you are supported. Rearranging your home - (I got help on this one) is necessary - so no more stretching to that top shelf in the kitchen - I replaced all my heavy dishes and pots with lightweight Corelle - - learned that changing my pillow cases regularly was easier than doing the whole bed linen routine - learned the merits of "airing" - put my beautiful bedspread away until I could handle it again (this took over a year) ....made sure I had the best mineral/vitamin/calcium supplement possible - these I ended up purchasing from a sports gym - weight can be a problem - so I would switch to a protein drinks for awhile and cut down on carbs..this cuts down on the load your body has to carry.....individually these are all tiny baby steps, but they add up and one day you will actually wake up with a smile and say heh! this ain't so bad, there is worse....I can do this....come on world, HIT ME - I am fighting back. Of course, when we actually do get a bug it is worse than the kids, or spouse....because our immune systems are compromised every minute just handling the pain. I seem to bruise very easily - Page 76 in The Manual refers to the several possible reasons. So more investigating for me. Again thanks to each of you for listening to me. Keep the Journal open - jot down what works, what doesn't. Cheers.