I am a 36 year old EM patient. I have pretty much been in almost a constant flare up for about a year with some small periods of relief from symptoms. A little over a year ago i was working 3 different jobs, plus going to college for my bachelors. (Yes I probably was over doing it) However, i was diagnosed with EM last July, after seeing several specialists. I have terrible swelling in my left ankle/leg. I have had 3 biopsies because I get lumps in my hands and feet. It was discovered on the last biopsy that these are basically 'blood clots or trapped blood in both my hands and both my feet. I no longer work any job and also had to drop my classes. I have never in my life been so depressed. I feel like a loser although I know it is not my fault. I cant do very many things in the way of helping my husband with the household, and my teenagers expect me to go back to the way I was, they dont understand my pain. I am currently on 3600 mg of gabapentin, as well as dilateziam and prozac. I dont know why I bother even taking them because they make me out of it and do not seem to be helping with my condition. I am treated by an amazing doctor at UMASS here in Massachusetts (although I live out of state, i travel to MA to see my doctor.) However, she has sent me to neurologists and rheumatologist because she just cant seem to do anything for the pain i am having. My nerve conduction studies were all negative and the rheumatologist thinks that I also have Fibromyalgia. As a side note, i also have diverticulosis. I dont know whats connected and what isnt but I know I cant take this anymore. Summer is basically here and i do not wish to spend the whole summer in my Air Conditioned room. I was on pain medications but they also did nothing to help my condition and instead made me feel like I was becoming addicted to pain meds. Therefore, i no longer take anything for pain. Does anyone out there have these same problems? and What are you doing for the pain? Im basically just looking for a nice discussion here to help with some ideas for me. Thank you all so much.