I feel like I have to take a stand & defend Mayo Clinic.
In December of 2006, I was diagnosed with Fibro. That was after 4 doctors in our area couldn't figure it out & I had pretty much been home bound & in pain. Thank goodness a Rhumy (sorry for the spelling) listened to me & I had gone through 3 months of epiderals, finally to feel somewhat normal again.
Excuse me for going around the bush to explain this. At the same time, my husband had undergone Crohns surgery, developed an infection & once again, our doctors couldn't figure out why he kept having so much pain. Here's where Mayo Clinic comes into the picture.
His gastroinologist suggested we go to Mayo. We were at the end of our ropes & went to the one in Rochester, Minnesota. 15 minutes into the appointment, the doctor said..."I want to run a test to make sure, but I believe when they inserted a drainage tube, a nerve was severed, causing all this pain" Bingo! He was correct! He gave him a shot where the nerve is & took care of it. They did make it clear he would have to have shots now & then, but gave us names of pain management doctors they recommend in Indianapolis. (We live about 60 miles from Indy)
Back to the Fibro. While in Minnesota, I picked up a folder & seen they had classes on managing Fibromyalgia. I was able to attend one of them & happened to be the only one signed up that afternoon so it was one on one with a registered nurse. She was very informative to me. She did not say anything about it being all in my head, explained it is important to get proper rest, nothing about a diet for it (common sence let's us all know what we should & shouldn't be eating.....(my ice cream with chocolate syrup is waiting for me after I finish this letter...lol)....that it is a condition that seldom completly goes away & tips on how to deal with it, also to be very carefull about promises you read about telling you how they can completly cure it. She gave me phamplets of information, like explaining it to your friends & family, & simple exercises & stretches that can be helpfull. I also have a cd she gave me & I'm going to look at it again & see if i get the same interpretation as was told here, honestly, I don't remember feeling like that.
We met many people while there & heard many comments on how this was their last hope. They aren't miracle workers, but I can't say enough good about our experience there. ~Sande~