It feels like I spent most of 2017 trying to find ways to deal with fibromyalgia. I began the year in significant pain, feeling hopeless and scared. I honestly didn’t want to end the year the same way. Getting relief from the pain isn’t easy. I’ve tried a lot of different things this year, and I have made some real progress. Following are the top five things that helped me the most in my quest for a pain-free life. 1. Mild exercise Yes, exercise and movement are good for us warriors, but it isn’t easy. Starting slow is important. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it. My physical therapist recommended heated pool therapy. I was skeptical at first, but found I was able to move without pain while underwater. It was a great way to start exercising again without hurting myself. After a few months, I was able to exercise outside of the pool. 2. CBD oil I’m fairly new to CBD oil, but so far it has been very helpful for withdrawal from gabapentin and in controlling anxiety. It takes time, 30 days or so, to build it up in your system. Don’t give up if it doesn't work right away. Start with small doses and work your way up gradually. After two weeks of using it three times a day, I noticed a reduction in muscle pain and stiffness, fewer headaches, and more energy. Make sure to buy only from reputable companies and don’t fall for scams. There are a lot out there. CBDOilUsers.com is a great source for everything CBD oil. 3. Chiropractic care I stayed away from this for way too long. I haven’t seen my chiropractor in five weeks and I can really tell it’s time for an adjustment. I started off with two adjustments a week, and now after six months, I’m going once every two or three weeks. I love how it makes me feel. I get instant relief.