The advice given to me by a friendly physio has been by far the best given to me by any other health professionals :-
Learn to be "in control" of your FM rather than letting your FM "control you".
To manage your symptoms you must try and balance the following on a daily basis:
1 Relaxation (try and relax for 20/30 mins each day)
2. Managing activities of daily living (pacing, planning, setting priorities, learning your limits)
3.Gentle Exercise (short walks, swimming, yoga)
4. Coping with your feelings (it's good to talk, express your feelings, be positive and knock negative thoughts out of your head, deal with and minimise things that cause you stress, be realistic)
5. Healthy eating
6 Sleep ( keep regular hours, wind down before bed ( e.g read, music, warm bath ) don't take your worries to bed.
I am now following this routine on a day-to-day basis and I have now learned to "control" my FM -- it needs you to be very determined, very strong and positive, and not let others "push you around". You also have to learn to say "no" to others that expect too much from you. It is the most difficult "thing" I have ever done in my life, but at least I now have a life worth living. I know that my FM is here to stay but I now know that I (and only I myself) can deal with it. I hope that you all can learn to "move forward" -- sending you all tons of encouragement to overcome this and adapt to a lifestyle that helps you manage your FM.