Greetings fellow FMS sufferers. I was diagnosed with FMS about 9 1/2 years ago. As we all know, I was probably suffering with it before I was even diagnosed. I've had occasional flares where I've had to spend a day or 2 in bed. All of that changed about 3 months ago. All of a sudden my ability to stand and walk for any great distance was severely altered. Seven weeks ago (2 days before Christmas) my doctor took me out of work. At the time, the main problems were severe back pain and, as mentioned above, the inability to stand or walk for extended periods of time. This has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through. I love my job (I'm a hospice nurse) but it is pretty evident that I will not be able to go back to the job I had. I will most likely have to find a job where I can sit down, with the ability to get up and move when I need to. I have seen 2 spine speciaists, 2 pain specialists, my rheumatologist, my primary care physician and a Naturopath. It wasn't until I saw the most reent pain specialist (this past monday) that I think we're putting our fingers on what is going on - beside the fibro flare. He feels that my sacroiliac joints are out of alignment. I foot surgery on September 24th, was in a cast for 7 weeks, a walking boot for 4 weeks, then back in shoes. I'm still limping. AND, I was having a lot of foot pain for months prior to the surgery. So, I've been waddling for quite a while. Aquatherapy has been prescribed, as has acupuncture. I had my first acupuncture treatment yesterday. I slept like a baby last night (no....I didn't wake up every 3 hours to be changed and have a bottle!!) - for the first time in months! YAY! Can't wait to see what the rest of the treatments will do. The naturopath has me on a handful of herbal supplements, one of which is to hopefully de-toxify my liver. My husband and I had a mold problem in our home that we left 3 1/2 years ago. Well anyway - just thought I'd write this all done. It felt good. Thanks for listening (reading!). Also - I was thrilled to see that thread about how we can explain FM to our family, friends and co-workers. I can't wait to show my parents. I think they're having a problem understanding why I can't just get up and "deal with it." Thank you to whoever started, and whoever replied to that thread.