I went to a new rheumatologist a few weeks ago. Although the visit wasn't a total disaster, it wasn't all that great either. The "good" things were he wanted me to switch the kind of magnesium I was taking and I did switch to the one he suggested and it's helping a little. He also told me that I was pre-disposed to having FM because I was double jointed. I wish he would have explained that one a little more but I did find it interesting. Now the problem.......He told me I needed just "willpower" to lose my weight. I told him weight was never an issue until I took antidepressants when I was 31 and I gained 100 pounds from them. I never had to worry about weight before those drugs. After the drugs, how in the world is someone who has FM, TMJ, chronic back pain supposed to lose 100 pounds? Healthy individuals would have a tough time trying to lose that kind of weight, what am I supposed to do? I went from 135 (before drugs) to 235. I was able to lose 35 pounds, but it took me almost 8 years to do. Needles to say, I never touched those kind of drugs ever again. I told him that I feel that my metabolism is now shot. I take supplements that are supposed to help with weight problems such as CoQ10, Vitamin D, digestive enzymes. I only drink green tea now, without any sugar, as my main beverage. I do eat portion size meals at mealtimes, I have also invested in a stationary bike (the only exercise I can do), and I have exercised on that bike for nearly 6 months, half an hour a day 7 days a week until sheer exhaustion made me quit that. I rarely go to fast food or sit in restaurants. I do all this with working a 40 hour a week job............wouldn't you call that "willpower"? I was angry because I didn't think he was listening to me. He just blew me off. By the way my thyroid tests including TSH, T3 and T4 were considered in the normal range, maybe this is why he thinks I just need willpower only. In the past, I never had to "diet" because my weight was really good for my height and body frame, so this was never a problem for me. I don't have perfect eating habits, but they are pretty good 90 % of the time. If he would have just considered the emotional aspect of how hard this is for me, as well as trying to take care of myself having FM and all the other issues, I would not have been as angry as I was. Maybe some validation that I have tried hard and "willpower" is something that I do have. Just venting, sorry about that. Hugs, Chelz.