elizabeth, I also have fibromyalgia and was misdiagnosed as havin ankylosing spondilitis. It is a very real disease and no one except another person that has can ever understand the pain you are in all the time. I have learned to live with the pain since that is all you can do, but I have also learned that alot of foods you eat can make the severity of the pain unbearable. One of my favorite foods in the world is popcorn and I have since found out that popcorn makes me hurt so bad if I eat it one day I can hardly get out of bed the next day. So, you might check into some books on nutrition for fibromyalgia.