Hey , I'm new here and hoping this will provide some emotional relief for myself and any other sufferers out there . I , like many of you have tried relentlessly all kinds of RX Drugs trying to find absolutely anything to calm the storm of pain that is fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed back in 11' during the summer before I was set to start college . I was 17 at the time and dealing with the onset of a condition I wished I'd never known . I had very serious fatigue and the pain was dull most of the time . It wasn't until the first semester of my freshman year I had a real flare with little knowledge on what was going on inside my body. The pain was so intense I just stayed in bed and cried . I was in Memphis Ten far away from the city of Seattle in which I was born and raised . I was given pretty strong medicines in the beginning like Vicodin / Hydrocodone but during flares I would go to the ER and they would have no idea how to treat me or most times think I was a drug seeker. I had no knowledge of how dibilitating it was or could get . The stigma surrounding the condition made it even harder to deal with . Up until recent years have they figured out it's not "all in our heads" or psychosomatic as professionals would call it . Fast forward to present I am 24 with a 6 month old and seeing a rheumatologist who has actually helped unlike many others I have seen . Not having consistent medical coverage has been a hinderance in the past and couldn't dream of going without if I can help it . I am now taking Tramadol 50mg a few times a day as my only pain relief coupled with magnesium and iron for my moderate anemia . The list absolutely goes on of things I've tried and tests that have been done before settling on Fibro once again . I'm in Houston Tx these days and have only slightly begun to see hope . I will be seeing a pain specialist soon to see if my meds can be increased to at least 100 mg because after 7 years the pain has gotten more severe or maybe even just worn me down so much it's harder to fight but I haven't given up or lost hope just yet . I never knew what a Guinea Pig felt like or knew what the saying actually meant until now. Constant poking and prodding , X-rays and blood draws and boy am I worn . But there is light because I have come across this app and know that I am not alone in this struggle . So , I say all that to say this don't give up ! Everyday we wake up is another chance to fight , another tiring but winnable battle is ahead and one day soon we will find permanent relief from our ails. Although the cycle seems endless I know there's nothing nature can't cure we just have yet to find it . Hope this makes you all feel comforted in one way or another . Feel free to give me any feedback on what meds have worked for you or any naturopathic or holistic health tips that have gotten you through those seemingly endless flares . Peace , love , and gentle hugs to you all .