I know some of you can tell exactly when you got FM, but I'm not sure how typical my experience is. I'd swear my symptoms became progressive, yet I've read it's not a progressive thing. I don't think that I could narrow down when it started. I went to the rheumy in 2001 simply because my back was getting worse. Sure, I was tired and slept rotten, but that got worse in 2004 when I was getting about 2 hours of sleep a night for a month. Now 2000 was not a good year either with a fall on my back, the worst outbreak of mouth sores I've ever had, and slicing up my leg while walking on rocks at the beach. Got a tetanus shot for that. So could one of those events have set FM into motion? Has anyone else had a similar situation with FM?