I saw my GP this afternoon and showed her the article from the Washington Times re the probably cause of fibro and, regrettably, she knew nothing of this although she has copied and circulated to the other docs at the surgery as well as forwarding it to my rheumy (who I was meant to be seeing tomorrow but who has changed the appt to Nov 22nd!). Anyway, she says she's going to have a long chat with the rheumatologist about it so that when I do have my appt next month, there will be some tests and possibly treatment relating to the article. We'll have to wait and see what she's arranged. In the meantime, I have always suffered horribly painful left ribs and put most of it down to the fibro but I found out today, that's not the cause for most of the pain. It seems my ligaments (or maybe she said tendons - blasted fibro fog!) but these are longer than normal and are the culprit for the majority of the pain. There's a new kind of pain clinic up my way (Calderdale Royal Infirmary) which the GP has referred me to and she says they have a new unit specialising in this kind of problem. Again, I can't remember what she said but she's going to post me a leaflet about it when the surgery gets some more so I will also post details of that because, you never know, this might be a common problem for people on these pages who had no idea about it (just like me). Sorry I don't have an definitive response about the original article but I hope my rheumy will have some positive comments to make when I see her next month. Phew!