I have the misfortune of being a male. Doctors have been misdiagnosing me for 20 years thinking that a serious neck injury was the cause. (I think that set it all off) I have every single symptom except painful menses the trigger points. I am so frustrated. I figured out myself that I have this. (Before I got disabled I was a Paramedic) Now I am trying to convince my doctor that this is the primary cause of my "angina", IBS, Nausea, dizziness, pain and all the other stuff. My doctor is coming around, his latest treatment plans are to work on my sleeping. Cant do anything for the pain as I am allergic to all the narcotics, can't take NSAIDS, have no meds I really can take to decrease the pain.....well prescription meds. They have had me on all sorts of medicines, that in the last 6 months, I have been able to stop taking many of them because I was misdiagnosed. That helped some to get rid of the side effects of them So, Males pipe up. Do you find it is more difficult to get the doc to listen? How difficult do you find it to not be a functional "strong" male?