I am too new to this to give any help or suggestion!! I will say I cannot imagine dealing with this the way it has been 5 years from now. I hope i find something that helps.
It will not always necessarily get steadily worse. Mine did for a while. But then I decided to take charge of my own health care and get as active as I could, eat more often (I always ate very healthy foods, but just not very much) so as to be sure to get enough protein, and do my own experimentation with other things that could help. I also adopted as best I could a solidly positive attitude about things, and did my best to remove unnecessary stress from my life.
mine has improved over the years
I too have tried breathing exercises! I found it helped also. Not sure if its because its calming or what but it does help and I should do it more often like even when I am feeling "ok". Its all about trial and error for each of us. But having forums like this is most definitely helpful as well!!What's good for one person may not be especially good for another. I find I get the flare-ups after a stressful situation ranging from a thoughtless comment to overwork, etc. The weather does effect some people, some find it easier to bare in the summer when it is warm, others find it better in the winter for me there is no change in the symptoms. With rest one can get back to a somewhat normal life, I think but I truly can not say that for sure. I've done some studies but it's so inconclusive whether it is the stress-free living or weather, etc. I just spoke with someone and they told me if you feel like resting, rest. Two things helped me when I first got fibromyalgia after a car accident that I sustained in 2002. The sun booth (but then I have bone spurs in my neck) and Vitamin D is excellent for that and a breathing exercise. Sit up straight breath in, breath out hold it to the count of eight, then breath out. Do it again if it helps. Neither of these are a cure but it helped me.