Hello all, I'm curious to know how many people were diagnosed with other medical problems prior to being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? Example: Arthritis. Also, I was in a pain management class little over a year ago and had a doctor tell us that Fibro is linked to childhood trauma and or from an abusive past. I also learned that there is a chemical imbalance in the brain that does not shut off pain signals and that is why people with Fibro are in pain most of the time. How many of you would agree with that statement? In my experience with my doctors, they've all been very dismissive of how Fibro can affect a person's life. I even had my family doc tell me it's not an earth shattering disease and that they really use that diagnosis for patients who have a host of problems that tests have ruled out no other reason for the complaints. I have had Psoriatic Arthritis along with many other medical problems and a few years ago, a rheumy told me I also had Fibromyalgia. When I searched for answers on the how's and why's of this disease I was left with many mixed feelings. To this day, none of my doctor's address the fibro diagnosis because of all the other pressing medical problems. I truly believe that Fibromyalgia has a long way to come in the medical community and I feel sorry for so many of you that have had your lives wripped apart by it's dabilitating affects. I believe it's you guys that are setting the standard for it's course of action. Like any other disease prior to it being acknowledged as a disease it had to go through a cycle of uncertainty and periods of questioning. They have come a long way but yet such a long way to go! Wouldn't you all agree? I guess the point of my post is that I wanted to share my compassion for all you who suffer and lack the proper medical support. I admit I don't like to tell people I have Fibro because I worry they will judge me, maybe it's because of all the things I've read and from my doctor's repsonse to it. If I didn't have such bad arthritis and psoriasis along with other issues I'm sure I'd go mad from frustration at having a doctor really treat my problems. I've heard so many sad stories of those that suffer in silence. It's a good thing a message board like this one exists. I hope I haven't offended anyone with this post. I know it's touchy talking about this subject because I don't want to demean anyone of you who have this as your primary diagnosis. I do feel for you all~ Best Wishes to everyone! May you all have a pain free day! Sincerely, CC.