I'm glad this topic came up. I've posted about
this before but...have you ever tried curcumin?
It's an extract from the turmeric plant: http://www.turmericinfo.com/
Aside from the usual aches and pains heaped on me by FM for months I was having really severe pain in my feet and elbows. It was an effort just to brush my teeth. The prescription anti-inflammatories were doing no good whatsoever so I went looking for an alternative and ran across curcumin.
I have a science background so I'm very skeptical about anecdotal reports so I went looking for actual clinical studies. After reading those I decided to give it a try. After 2 weeks on this stuff the pain in my feet and elbows was overall decreased by 80%. Also, to my surprise, issues with my back have cleared up (prone to spasms), my chronic frozen shoulder has all but gone away and my energy levels have gone up. Even mornings are better - still get the fog but I seem to get mobile faster. I still get the bouts of severe fatigue during the days but even these don't last as long.
I recommended it to my aunt who has suffered long with pain and inflammation in her arms and legs for which the doctor's where unable to find an explanation and she has found that she's about 50% better. I even have my doctor taking it for his irritable bowel syndrome.
Now, having said all that of course there is no guarantee that it will work for everyone with FM
but at about $20 for a month's supply it's certainly worth a try. You should be able to find curcumin at your local supplement shop. I don't think brand matters but the ingredients should say 95% curcuminoids. I buy the 500 mg capsules and take 3 a day. Since it's not water soluble it best taken with fat or oil. I take it with my omega-3 and flax seed oil capsules.
All the studies I have read show no side effects. I certainly haven't noticed any.
If anyone want's to give it a try and has more questions I'd be glad to help.
Fibro, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol
Citalopram, clonazepam, amitriptyline, crestor
Curcumin, Q10, Vit B12