In 1999 I was diagnosed with FM. Severe symptoms started in 1998 when I moved into my new home (although I most certainly had less dramatic symptoms through my childhood). Along with the new home came new carpets and a new settee. Having left this home, I took aforementioned settee and leftover remnants of same carpet (to use as floor mats) to my next home. Two years ago, I moved out of my second home and skipped old settee and carpet. The reason why I mention the above is that since moving to my third home, 90% of my symptoms have gone. Fourteen years of pain has virtually disappeared.
I read a few weeks ago that formaldehyde may have some connection in the bringing on of FM. Both my settee and carpets were treated with anti-spillage chemicals which indeed contained formaldehyde . Having obviously replaced the settee and carpet, it does make you wonder if these items exasperated and ultimately led to the severity of my FM: to me it is too much of a coincidence. Obviously some of you may not be able to pinpoint any one thing but after four days of moving into my home in 1998, I became really poorly so to me its a no-brainer.
At my worst - and a little help to others out there - one thing that made me feel much better was to MOVE! A lot of sufferers lounge about all day and then struggle to fall asleep at night. I did find during my eight months of doing this (and whilst on 50mg of amitriptyline) that I was in an awful lot of pain and, gained three stone which is unhelpful. It really is a case of self management. If I didn't walk at least 5 miles, three times a week (build up to this obviously and s-t-r-e-t-c-h!) I would seize up. Also, additional weight has to go (sorry people!). I found no benefit with any tablets, not even herbal preparations and changed nothing in my diet with the exception of cutting back caffeine (not allowing myself coffee after 6pm made a little difference). Strangest thing is I now dream which is something I never did so obviously I'm getting deep, refreshing sleep.
Good luck everyone....love and light to you all and hopefully this may help at least someone. God bless xx