Fibromyalgia is a condition where some people believe it is real and some people don't. My apologies that I haven't read through all the posts before so if this has been said before...sorry. But for a condition that isn't real, why in the world did the FDA approve three medications to treat it? Lyrica(the gold standard for fibro and it seems to work really well), Savella(a SNRI) and Cymbalta(Also a SNRI). I am a 28 year old nurse diagnosed with fibromyalgia or "fibromyalgia" as some say and I still go to work every day thanks to Lyrica. Fibro is usually diagnosed after an emotional or physical trauma(for me it was a bad car accident on Christmas eve, someone hit me head on). Not only do I get muscle pain, I also get muscle spasms, stiffness, IBS, tension headaches and nerve pain. I don't suffer from depression, but some patients do(Like some said wouldn't you be depressed if you had all these symptoms and people telling you, that you are crazy to boot)? To say that Fibro isn't real is insulting. It's still a condition that is a mystery. Luckily my amazing PCP ran every test in the book to make sure it wasn't something else(like Lupis, RA or Lyme disease that have similar symptoms) sent me to a pain management doctor that not only believes in it, but specializes in it(how can you specialize in something that isn't real)? The first meeting with my pain management doctor, all he did was tap a spot on my elbow and I nearly jumped off the table. Lyrica really is the medication that gave me my life back as well as celebrex, and zanaflex. If I have a flare up my doctor prescribes me vicodin just to get me through, but that doesn't happen often. Heating pads, acupuncture, a gluten free diet, frequent massages and exercise help a lot too. A lot of non-medicinal ways really do help with the symptoms. Fibro is real and believe me I have had my share of doctors(even doctors I work with) tell me it's all in my head. It doesn't really matter to me anymore, think what you want to think, before I got treated I was rolled up on a ball on my couch unable to move, I had to take a leave from work, it was just terrible. Many books are written on the subject, maybe the non-believers should pick one up and read about it. Oh and if I have to go to the ER(I had a car accident recently, and I had a kidney infection a year ago), I go to the hospital where my PMD works(he's an anesthesiologist there) and he comes down and takes care of me no questions asked. It makes me so angry that a lot of people ruin it for the patients who REALLY suffer from it.