I've been doing so much research on FM because for myself, knowledge, support from my family, and this website are helping me make it thru. I feel like my FM is winning right now. I'm in my first year and still trying to adjust to a different lifestyle, and it's VERY hard sometimes. Lots of tears. Anyway, does FM do damage to muscles, soft tissue, joints etc.? I know it hurts very bad and I get swelling and discolored joints, but does it actually do permanent damage? I'm also confused as to if this is an autoimmune disease, rheumatic condition, arthritus, etc. Can anyone help me out here. It's funny, you get diagnosed, but so far no doctor out of about 15 have actually sat me down and explained what FM is and what to expect. Maybe because they don't know???