I was first told I might have fibromyalgia when I was 17 (I am now 34). I was having some joint aches and my mom took me to the rheumatologist. My blook work came back normal and he said "maybe you have fibromyalgia". For the past 17 years I have doubt this semi-diagnosis. While flare-ups have come more frequently and lasted longer, I have never really been on any meds for it (tried Cymbalta for 2 weeks and hated it) and have managed to get thru it. But things are finally starting to get worse. My flare-ups are interfering with my life as a wife and mom. I have two boys, ages 4 & 6, and I just don't feel like I am the fun and vibrant mom I always wanted to be. I am scared for 2 reasons. I am scared because of how bad I might someday get and I am scared because I don't understand when to dismiss something as fibromyalgia and when to pursue another diagnosis. I am a hypochondriac . . . but I think it is a product of this illness. I am always worried my weird aches and pains are something more dire, so the more new symptoms I get, the more I worry. For the past month I have felt horrible, mostly with PMS type symptoms (headache, achy lower back, cramps, leg pain). This is not the first time I have had these symptoms but definitely the worst. I saw the OBGYN this morning for yet another pelvic ultrasound. For the first time she did sort of look at me like I was crazy. I hate that! I am sitting here with a bottle of Lyrica. The prescription was written for me months ago but I never felt like I needed it. Now I do, but am too scared that the side effects will make me feel worse than the fibro! I don't often post on this site because, as yucky as I am feeling right now, I know it does not compare to how many of you feel every day. I guess that is why I continue to doubt the diagnosis. Wow, this was quite a vent. Thanks for listening.