Hey guys... Sorry this is so long, but this has been on my mind for some time. Just got diagnosed with FMS today, though my PCP supposed I had it even before I went to the rheumy. I have had problems basically ever since I started my job roughly two months ago. This is a GREAT job in a stable industry with wonderful people. However, my physical problems have already caused a rift. I have had muscle spasms since my 'teens, so aches and pains were not breaking news. But for some reason, this job REALLY flared up my symptoms. My job duties basically consist of filing, moving files around, taking inventory of file rooms, creating folders, etc. Pretty basic, right? But these things were causing me immense pain, even crippling pain to the point where I could not get out of bef without my husband's help one morning. Per my mom's advice (she is an HR goddess) I contacted my HR department last week and told them my problems have been dehabilitating and that I could not do any task that would strain my body in any way. I alerted the HR lady that I was gone so much due to the aches and pains my job duties were giving me, and that I was also seeing a doctor to obtain a diagnosis. She was extremely understanding and told me that if I had to, I could literally sit at my desk and surf the internet until my section supervisor gave me an assignment I COULD physically do (my section supervisor learned about my physical problems before HR did, but still gave me these physically exhausting assignments). (Also, I wonder what stance HR will take once they receive word of my diagnosis, which I WILL be giving them so they know I am not BSing.) Yesterday, my big boss called me into her office and told me that I had to stop being gone so much. Admittedly, I only put in 25 to 30 hours per week which is technically part time, but I am getting all the full time benefits this place offers which there is an abundance of. She explained to me that everybody is going through a lot -- post-Katrina depression, rebuilding, etc. -- but that I had to figure out how to spend more time at work. I can see her point of view, and if I had an employee only putting in 5/8 required time per week, I'd probably can 'em. My problem is this. I do go to work EVERY morning, even if I have to force myself. I do this to show my employer that I am at least taking this job seriously enough to show up every day, even if I am late (it's a 60-90 minute commute after I manage to get myself out of bed!). However, I am wiped out by the middle of the day, and typically leave between 1 and 3. There are a couple of days I have stayed until 6 to finish major projects. But to be honest, I am in so much pain, even just sitting at my desk per HR's instruction, that it is almost unbearable. And you would not believe the nasty glares I get from my coworkers. I would not have a problem with finding a part time job somewhere, but, I know that Social Security is sketchy about their stance on whether or not FMS is an actual disability. The State of Louisiana also has some pretty stringent Medicaid requirements, and especially after the thousands of people who took advantage of the system during Katrina, they are peeling more film off their eyeballs and REALLY staying on the lookout. I'm afraid that if I significantly cut down my hours, I will not have ANY income, and will not be able to pay for treatment, etc. Also, I am under immense pressure from my go-getting parents and hard-working spouse/in-laws to have a good job and make decent money. I feel that if I cut down or terminated my employment, I would be rejected, or seen as taking advantage of the situation. I live with my in-laws, both of whom are disabled, and they can manage to work full time. Of course, I feel my "disability" is of quite a different nature than theirs, but I wouldn't be able to explain that to my husband... See my post on Pam's thread. What the heck do I do here? I'm contemplating contacting the Department of Labor to seek guidance. If I don't get any type of answer, I'm thinking of consulting one of the attorneys at work (we have a labor section) to find out more about La.'s labor laws, Medicaid laws, etc. But, both solutions just feel too "pushy", and I'd much rather keep my job so I don't die of boredom.