I am 56 years old and have suffered from FMS since long before they knew that it existed. I was first diagnosed in 1987, a doctor who was practicing as a primary care physician, but who had a specialty in epidemiology diagnosed me with "fibrositis." This after many visits to specialist after specialist, and test after test with "normal" results. When I read posts from fellow FMS sufferers explaining how tired they are, my heart goes out to them. Many of us finally just go to bed and give up. I want to encourage those who do so to fight that urge and get up out of bed. Take as few meds as possible - take only those which help kick the depression and anxiety if necessary, and other meds which treat other illnesses, but docs are so quick to give us drugs...and there are so few drugs that do any good (if any). Start mild exercising - just walking. Don't try strenuous exercising, you will only get discouraged, because our muscles rebound very slowly. But start with a simple walk around the house, then go around the block, then two blocks, and so on. But do something every day. I am a high school math teacher and live a very fulfilling life, few people even know that I have FMS, but I live my life to the fullest and cherish each day. I take what I can of the joy, and accommodate for myself when I need to. I don't expect any one else to do it for me, and feel no guilt when I do it for myself. Mine was a slow road back to where I am, but I am making it better and better every day.