Thanks everyone for the comments! I know that the majority of my pain is from stress... I just don't know how to stop it, I get overwhelmed (especially at work) so easily.
Trish, I need to start meditating again... I am planning to set our 3rd bedroom up as a yoga/workout/meditation room. But I can go ahead and clear some stuff out of the way and start meditating now...so I will make that a priority for this week!
Katy, I've been to a specialist doctor but she never mentioned fibromyalgia as a diagnosis. It was odd, because of all the books I've read, my feeling is that my symptoms are closer to fibromyalgia than anything else. But like Rose, my symptoms seem to come and go. 'temporary fibromyalgia pain' seems fitting... the doctor did say I have the gene for spondyloarthritis, which doesn't mean I have that or I'll get it, but I have an indicator for it. Right after that blood test is when the horrible job fired me and so I had no health insurance, and stopped seeing the doctor. That is also when I started working on remodeling our house, a lot of hard physical work from morning til night, but like you SavorieGirl, my pain disappeared! I was amazed... but I knew it was because I was out of the horrid stressful job, and doing something I enjoyed (working on the house). I haven't seen a doctor or even taken any OTC meds since then - 2 years ago now. It's such a mystery! But if stress really plays such a big part in pain, as Poppy posted, then how to prevent/limit stress is the new question. I will continue to work on this...
thanks again everyone for posting