Thank you for being soo supportive during my last posting. I really appreciate all that you said...If it hadn't been for your understanding I may not have ever returned to this site again. It is difficult enough trying to deal with this dreadfull illness without having those that you think are your allies turn against you by doubting your honesty and validity. I stick by my claim that the HCL (betaine hydrochloride) has helped me immensely with all the digestion issues and the muscle pain associated with it. It has been a GODSEND. That said, it seems everytime I get a little hopeful (cocky) that I have conqered some aspect of this condition, I am slammed back down with something that puts me in bed for several days and soo it is right now with me...... I guess I got a little too comfortable with the space I was in for several weeks and I indulged myself in a piece of chocolate cake with icing two days ago. I think because of it, I am now experiencing intense muscle pain again all over my body and am having a relapse. The relapses I have seem to be triggered by something I eat.....usually a piece of cheesecake or chocolate cake with icing. I rarely eat these things anymore. The last time I ate cheesecake was on my anniversary last August and I was in intense pain afterwards for a month!!!! I hope this indiscretion does not set me back a whole month.... Do you have to be this careful about what you eat? I am usually very careful and because of it and all the other things I am doing (ie alkalinizing, etc.), I have had little and no muscle pain for quite sometime now but then I think "just one piece should not matter" and BAM I am hit with the muscle pain and brain fog so bad I cannot think of what to do to help myself. Any suggestions to get me back on the right track FAST would be appreciated.