I don't want to start a political discussion, but I can't discuss this problem without mentioning the U.S. election. About two weeks before the election my symptoms - longstanding muscle tension, rigidity, and pain in all areas of my body - began getting noticeably worse. Then the day before the election the symptoms eased up, with a sense that "It's almost over." But afterwards, the tension began getting worse and worse, and simple tasks are getting harder to perform. On top of that, I spent most of December and much of January dealing with shingles, too. (I've read that stress can bring that on.) And for the last week, starting around inauguration day, my sleep patterns have changed so that I'm sleeping with fewer interruptions, but waking up feeling absolutely horrible. It's gotten so bad I'm afraid to go to sleep. Clearly, since each step of worsening symptoms coincided with various election milestones, this is a psychological situation. Either that or it's an amazing series of coincidences! So far nothing I've tried to relieve the stress has solved it, though tapping has provided some marginal short-term relief. Is anyone else experiencing "post-election effects," and if so how are you dealing with it?