For the past 2½ years, I've been struggling with my fibromyalgia while I contine to work. I am a California fourth grade teacher. Even for healthy teachers the job is too much. In my school, our workload has gotten heavier and heavier for the past five years. This year our district decreed that we have to be on the job an additional 45 minutes per day and our supevision duties have increased to at least twice as much as last year - this in spite the fact it is against our contract (the grievance mills grind slowly). The paperwork load continues to grow. There has been no respite in other aspects of the job. There are a number of teachers suffering physically and I've even noticed some of my doctors commenting about the number of teachers having problems. Under these circumstances, I've found it extremely difficult to work and care for myself properly. My question: can a person with fibromyalgia in a situation like mine push herself so much that the fibromyalgia becomes too far advanced to "recover?" In other words, can my job make it so recovery to an acceptable level becomes too difficult?