Somehow, the thought of FMS causes me to think about a line that Stuart Smalley says in the movie, "Stuart Saves His Family," on one of his programs, where he is talking to "Mea C." (played by Julia Sweeney; he's trying to get her to relax)--"Maybe if you just unclenched your, uh, body. Your whole body looks a little--a little tight."
For those of us with fibromyalgia, it sometimes seems difficult to describe to someone else what our symptoms are--I guess that I've come to think of a couple of them as being inflammation, and overdoing the tiniest task that it may take weeks to bounce back from. At any rate, I enjoy your posts, and the research and experience that they are based on, and your open-mindedness in trying all of these methods.
I do have a few comments/questions--it does not seem to me that one can find all of one's food sensitivities by being "officially" tested by an allergist. I also believe that it is possible that the supplements/meds one takes can be manufactured from these allergens (the point for large companies that make these seems to be to use the cheapest filler ingredients, such as soy or wood cellulose, as possible), and may be overlooked by the consumer.
If a person that consumes soy or corn made from crops that are genetically modified to be "RoundUp ready," which to me means that when they spray the RoundUp/glyphosate, it kills everything but the crop. This would seem to me to indicate that there is trace/residue of this herbicide in/on the crop, whether one is eating it, touching it (as with soy ink and recycled paper), or breathing it (as in biofuels). For the past 10 years, they (bus companies) have been running empty school busses that use biodiesel up and down the streets of our tiny, inner-city neighborhood, and it looks to me like it's killing most of our vegetation. Just a thought.
I wonder whether you've tried ginger baths or just one aspirin for the inflammatory symptoms of FMS?
For sleep, there are herbs that one can take, but I would not necessarily do this, unless you are doing no pharmaceuticals, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to go to a qualified herbalist that does pulse-testing (you can probably learn to do it, too!)--one can learn to pulse-test for foods, supplements, meds, cosmetics, etc. Some herbalist believe that "herbs cure what they cause, and cause what they cure," so taking an herb that isn't appropriate for the person can actually cause the condition that in the appropriate person it might ordinarily help.
I've made it my goal to not be on any pharmaceuticals, which I'm not, if I can. They all seem to have side effects which can be worse that the syndrome/disease, and it means that one has to pay attention to what is part of the syndrome and what is side effect. It complicates things.
I'm more interested in the cause than in a "cure." This is not to blame the patient, but just to remind people that sometimes, they are the only one that be detective and figure out what might have triggered the problem in the first place. As with any chronic problem, it seems that people need to look at everything they are consuming or being exposed to on a regular basis--sometimes one has no control over this, such as with the air we breathe. Sometimes, it's something you never expected could be the cause, such as mold in your house that can cause inflammation or at the very least, compromise your immunity/ability to reduce inflammation. I guess that one of the things I've learned is to look at how much is being thrown at one's immune system vs. how much can it handle?