I've been posting on this message board, and learning a lot from it, but never really introduced myself. (I'm very computer illiterate, but learning!) Anyway, I first got CFIDS in 1978 and later was diagnosed with FM sometime in the 90's. One Dr. in the 90's was very helpful, but didn't know a lot. She would read research that I brought to her and let me try different things that required a perscription. She would tell me if she learned of something that could help in any way. Then she moved away, and I (and a lot of women in this area) really mourned! She was a gem. Other than her, I've had nothing but terrible experiences with doctors....until recently. I finally found a doctor that not only believes in FM but knows how to treat it. I feel better already! I'm married to a wonderful man. He married me a healthy, young woman, and 6 months later I got this illness. I told him I must have come with a 25 year warantee, because that's when I fell apart health-wise. He's my best support and advocate. I'm glad he knew me when I worked hard to support myself, so he's knows I'm not just being lazy. I think this board is a real help, and I hope to be helpful too. I'm optimistic that this illness will be better understood and successfully treated in the near future.