First of all, thanks to everyone who posts on this board. I've learned a great deal about FM. Maybe this is what I have . . . my Ortho thinks it's a possibility. Does this sound familiar to anyone?!? About 2.5 yrs ago my legs began aching @ nite. I could find relief by lying on my back & plac'g a pillow under my knees. Then in Apr I began having a mild case of shin splints . . . full-blown by June. Ortho said I had shin splints & tendonitis in my legs. Went to PT. They did ASTM (augmented soft tissue massage) . . . sounds good, huh? No way . . . they use acrylic instruments to scrape up and down your legs to break up scar tissue. Then new scar tissue is suppose to form which you in turn stretch w/exercise. My legs were black & blue from knees to ankles. At 1st it seemed to work & maybe it has done a little to help my situation. Was also given anti-inflammatory meds which did not help one iota. Then about a mo. ago I began having severe pain in both arms, shoulders, my knees, my hips and upper back. ASTM was stopped. I was put on Robaxin . . . no help at all. Then Flexeril which may be helping some (am suppose to take 3x day but only take 1x day @ bedtime . . it makes me a little spacey). Still have pain but not as severe. PT was restarted for shoulder,arm & hip pain. I have appt with Rhuematologist @ end of this mo. A little background: I'm 57, and like all of you, I've been very active all my life. Worked until 4 yrs ago, then quit to take care of parents. In 3/2000, I lost my Dad suddenly (the same day my mother-in-law had leg amputed). M-in-L died 6 days later. Then only nephew was killed in auto accident a few mos. later. Step father got sick with lung cancer @ end of 2000 & died in 3/2001. My mom lost eyesight in 2/2001 plus she's bi-polar and has addn'l health problems. (in other words . . . lots of stress about the time my problems started). Am only child and her only caregiver. Mom lives in assisted living, but stays w/me when she's sick. My husband is a huge support, but his job keeps him pretty busy. Arthritis workup was negative. Had sciatica 3 yrs ago & had 3 epidural steriod injections . . which helped. I have TMJ (it's not really a problem though) and MVP (take inderal); fingertips stay slightly numb. Some days I feel like a sandbag that's been drained of all the sand. Other days I do pretty good. Does this pain sound like FM? What are some good questions for Rheumy? Thanks for reading this very loooong post. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.