for the past several months I have been working on improving my life. I have several professionals helping me. I think the most important one is the fibro specialist at a rheumatolygy clinic. She suggested that I get a sleep study and I found out that I have sleep apnea. The sleep study Dr. told me that everyone with a diagnosis of Fm should have a sleep study. When you have sleep apnea you could have a build up of carbon dioxide which can cause pain among alot of other things. I was amazed when I googled sleep apnea. I also went to an endocrine specialist and I have hypothyroidism. She did the total panel of thyroid hormones which several drs. had refused to do for me. my thyroid tests had always come back normal. the specialist discovered my body doesn't have the ability to convert the t4 to t3, my t3 was almost non existent, so now I take 2 thyroid meds. I went to an allergist and discovered I was allergic to my cat, amongst other things. I had to give away my cat, but I feel better now, the good news is I'm not allergic to dogs I'm going to physical therapy and found out that one leg is shorter than the other which can cause all over body pain, so now I have a lift in one shoe. I found out I had a huge vitamin deficiency, now take alot of supplements and eat whole foods and alot of fruit and veggies. Also, fish oil has helped, I had refused this before because I was vegetarian, but now eat chicken and tuna. I just went to the dermatoligist so I can find out what the skin bumps are, waiting for results on this. I use a tens unit and lidocaine patches for back pain. Also found out my white blood cell count is low so I'm waiting for this to be investigated. Stopped the SNRI med. I can think better now!! So that is my story, hope it helps someone I would also advise Dr. Teitelbaums book From Fatigued to Fantastic, so far he has been right about several of the problems that fibro people have that can be helped.