All possible conventional and alternative medicine? I doubt it. This is a mind-destroying sentence if I ever saw one. I’d suggest re-wording it to “she’s tried a ton of different approaches both from conventional and alternative medicine”.
First thing to be said: Fibromyalgia is one of those health issues where there are no widely adopted hypotheses for the base mechanism at work. This means, quite simply, that there is little hope for targeting it specifically. It’s not a case where e.g. your lips are chapped and your knuckles are splitting, and one of the first places you look is hydration—more water, more trace minerals, etc. Instead it’s a health issue where you have nothing to target, and your only real hope is to do whatever you can to improve your general health, and hope whatever the yet-to-be-discovered underlying cause is taken out by fortunate accident.
Look to the other symptoms. What other symptoms does she have? It doesn’t matter whether they’re considered to be related. Constipation, headaches, splitting nails, PMS, dry skin, cold extremities, dandruff, frequent colds, dizziness upon standing too quickly, acne… anything at all. Note it, target it, fix it. Keep doing this for years. Make a checklist. Anything to be considered a symptom. Notice it, treat it, move on. Do this for a long enough time, and either the fibromyalgia will go away or get better, or it won’t. But at least you tried, and believe me: Her life will be better either way. Well, unless she doesn’t like hard work.
Potential leads I found through a few brief Google searches:
Not sure why the parent is upvoted so much. Trivial and rather useless advice, some platitudes, a few rather suspect google hits (paleohacks? really?), and a veiled insult “unless she doesn’t like hard work”.
I’m surprised as well. I expected to be downvoted to −2 or so pretty quickly, and stay around there.
As for your disagreements, I should stress that what I said is perhaps the absolute most important thing for the average person with a health issue like that to hear. All too many people get hung up on trying to target the problem specifically, when they’re dealing with an issue where doing so is not practical. Day after day, they ask, “What causes fibromyalgia? What are the new treatments suggested for it?” They remain fixated on these questions, while they sweep all sorts of other symptoms under the rug—random symptoms like headaches or splitting nails, which may be coming from the same source.
As for the Google hits, I’m not sure why you’re calling them suspect. Jon Barron is one of the best alternative health writers out there, the Weston A. Price Foundation has a huge following, PaleoHacks is perhaps the best forum on paleo (which is a diet and lifestyle with a massive following), and the other link is a blog that I’ve seen cited a bunch of times in paleo circles as being someone who is less likely than average to fall for various forms of silliness.
Is this enough evidence to suggest you should read the links and take them seriously? No idea. They have a lot of links within them though. My goal was to as quickly as possible find some articles that put the conditions for ‘tab explosion’ in place in a way I thought would be beneficial. Generally when conventional medicine doesn’t have the answer, the best place to look is where people are talking about paleo. Even stereotypically non-paleo things like raw vegan juicing, such as the Gerson Diet, will come up in paleo circles—quite simply because it seems to work.