Hello all. My mother was diagnosed with fibromyalgia almost 20 years ago...of course back then it was almost unheard of. I've listened to her comment on aches and pains that I have had for years now. "that sounds just like me before I was diagnosed", but I just blew it off. For years it's felt as though I was stepping on glass when I get out of bed in the morning. I was diagnosed with IBS 15 years ago. Stirring a bowl of cake batter for 3 minutes makes my arms feel like I just rowed across the ocean. Having my husband gently rub my arm is actually painful. I have a hard time falling asleep at night, and when I wake up even 8 hours later I feel as though I only got a few hours of sleep. Most mornings I wake up feeling like an 80 year old woman and I'm only 32!! I suffer from occasional migraines and low back pain. And for the last 5 months I have had constant aching in my chest. I've had EKGs and x-rays and everything is normal. The pain isn't sharp, it's just dull and achy and when I raise my arms or turn sideways it feels as though something is being stretched. It feels as though my sternum is bruised if you touch it. I've not been short of breath, it doesn't feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest, it just aches all of the time. My doctor wants to run a very expensive radioactive stress test to rule out heart disease. I am nowhere near my deductible for the year with my insurance. This test could cost me hundreds of dollars I can't really afford. My mom is insisting that I see a specialist about fibro. I thought I would post here to get opinions from other people with fibromyalgia. Are my aches and pains like yours?