I suffered so much pain for years, but just thought it was stress. Finally it got so bad I couldn't seem to stand it. I was diagnosed with FM. The "fog" part is terrible, I cannot think. I have severe pain in my belly and all large muscle groups. (I also have IBS, Migraine, and dry-eye syndrome.) I wrote this post because a friend recently was diagnosed with FM also, but she has very little pain seemingly compared to me. She only has to take Ibuprofen 3 times a day, and a Valium at night, and she is fine. Whereas, I cannot make it without Vicodin for pain, and Ativan for Anxiety, and at night I take also Benadryl for sleeping (would love to have a sleeping pill, but my doc will not prescribe it.) I also am allowed to take Valium as a muscle relaxant, but not too often. (so as not to mix too much stuff.) Since I have pain meds, I have stopped crying all the time. However, I feel so depressed that others like my friend do not seem to need pain meds. I also tried lots and lots of anti-depressants and other stuff like that, but it all had terrible side effects. I don't get any side effects from the Vicodin, except that I wish I could not take it. For years I was like my friend, and took only Ibuprofen and Valium at night, but I got worse and worse. The only other thing that helps me is exercise. Is it normal for FM to get worse? Do some people have "light" cases of it? I really do feel bad that I seem to be such a mess with this disease. I cannot think how to do any Math at all, it is horrible having to pay bills, my house is a mess, and I feel all the time like I just can't keep up with Life anymore. I guess this is depression? Anyway, any support you can offer will be appreciated. Thanks, Margaret P.S. And I am sorry I haven't been here for a while. I just got so discouraged that I sort of gave up. Just doing the bare minimums to get through the chores I have to do, and do my exercise (most of the time.) And sorry, for the "pity party" sound of this post. I'm just very discouraged.