Hello everybody, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1990 and have more or less put up with it with the occasional help of Elavil and other antidepressants. I also used to take Bayer Aspirin almost everyday. I find that each year the winter months become harder to deal with, although I also find the heat of summer difficult as well. I am quite down at the moment mostly due to some health problems that my husband is dealing with. Today is my 59th birthday and it just feels as if I am really getting old and life is passing me by. Most of the time I am okay once I get moving, but it is a major effort and once I stop I only want to lie down and rest, which of course causes my body to seize up. I also have Graves disease and hyperactive thyroid which I have been getting treatment for since August 2000. Within the next 6 months I will most likely be having the Irradiated Iodine treatment for the hyperactive thyroid. I am not taking any antidepressants at the moment. I have had poor success with most of them, but recently saw someone mentioning EFFEXOR XR. Does anyone have any experience with this product ? I am having a lot of trouble with Brain Fog and it terrifies me. I am going to see my endocrinologist later in February for thyroid follow up and I believe I will try to get an appointment to see my family doctor for antidepressant medication at the same time. I am feeling like a real wimp and whiner lately, but truthfully I hurt all over. I live in Calgary, Alberta and we have severe weather extremes here that probably don't help. Thanks for listening I can't talk to friends and family about how I feel because I know they can't do anything about it and I don't want to always be complaining. I sure wish there was some relief somewhere !!!