What scholar decided that FM is not progressive? One of the last sentences in my private insurance disability denial is that FM is not progressive and since I have lived and worked with it for the past 8+ years, I can continue to do so. Obviously, the deciding authority has had no experience with FM – probably only has read about it in some journal! Social Security had no difficulty in giving me disability benifits. But this ins co that I paid a monthly premium to has denied me twice. How do I fight this? I certainly do feel worse than I did 8 years ago. You can’t tell me that it was this bad at the beginning and I just didn’t notice! I was sleeping more than 3 hours at night; I wasn’t taking all this medication; I didn’t trip, stumble, and fall. My memory was in tact and verbal recall was not a problem. My body and mind were functioning then. I got my master’s degree at an internationally ranked university while going through a divorce, raising three kids, holding a full-time job, teaching college English 2 nights per week, and going to my classes 2 nights per week. I had a good job and was good at it – but not any more! I can barely stand long enough to heat a can of soup. I live alone and must depend on others for help in doing basic household chores, i.e., change sheets on a bed, empty a large bag of dog food into more manageable containers, change a light bulb that requires standing on a stool. I have severe difficulty analyzing problems and making decisions – even when I’m right, I no longer have the confidence to be sure of myself regarding the simplest of things. This is a terrible way to have to live. I have NOT been this way for the last 8+ years. Who gets to say that FM is not progressive? – what do they base it on? – is there any medical person of note who has FM and can speak from personal experience? -- sorry for ranting –I’m ticked!