It's amazing how doctors nowadays are still afraid to admit that Yes, there is an illness called fibromyalgia (and CFS). I have seen 2 Rheumatologists in Seattle--very highly acclaimed, who both diagnosed me with fibro several years ago, from which I have suffered for 18 years. After moving to another state, and finding a rhemotologist here, his first examination revealed that yes! I have fibromyalgia. Mainly because I was visiting him after having a terribly painful and exhausting few months, with excruciating pain, crying, etc. But, my next visit happened to be when I was not having much by way of pain, at least not excruciating pain. His exam went as usual, but as I was not 'dying', and hence did not cry out in pain upon his touch, he then concluded, "no you do not have fibromyalgia, and I doubt you ever did!!!" He then proceeded to tell me that I was merely after disability and wanted a way out of the work force. (No, doctor, I want to be your mistress, and take you for all you've got...that must be why I come to see you so frequently!) The only thing which held me back from strangling him was my knowledge that he is yet another jerk who likes to dangle his godliness before men. I replied to him (with visions of my mother 'speak your mind'), "Sir, your opinion does not matter to me and what is more, you are wrong. How dare you to speak to me like that...where is your care?" I didn't let him see me cry, which I did and returned home to my husband, who wanted to 'speak' to him as well. I am not vindictive, but let him live for 18 years in pain, crying, weeks in bed, exhaustion, fatigue...you know the rest..... Perhaps when we hang him from a wall by his shriveled manliness, will we ask: "Hmmm...are you really a human being?" I feel better now.