I survived the doctor's appointment. whew. It actually went pretty well. He told me he did not believe fibromyalgia is real, but recently changed his mind. We agreed that it is probably an immune system malfunction. I think he was impressed with my health history, which included current problems and goals and objectives. (I KNEW those education classes would be useful someday...) Saved a lot of time having it all written out already. Approaching him with a positive attitude helped, too, I think. My goals are to decrease the pain, increase my endurance, decrease my need for medication, and live a normal life. He liked that. I hope I can meet those goals. I'm not too impressed with his clinic assistant, at least the one who did my vitals and got the paperwork started. She used an ear thermometer, and took the temperature of the outer part of my ear. You would think a temp of 95.3 would indicate it wasn't done properly... I suggested she re-do it, but the thermometer wouldn't work right. Poor thing, I think I scared her, I'm such a big bad RN! *g* I try to be gentle with the assistants, but sometimes they get nervous around me. gosh. I am not sure the doc has anything new for me, but seems willing to listen and seems open minded. I guess I can't ask for much more at this point. He ordered the standard lab tests, and an x-ray to see if there is any structural problem with my neck above or below the fused vertebrae. So, tomorrow morning before breakfast I will scoot down to the lab (as best as I can scoot early in the morning...) and get the blood drawn. I'll get the x-ray done this week, hopefully. Interestingly, I told him I had started back on the Prozac, and he said, "good, you're depressed." I asked him how he knew I was depressed, and he said that people with fibro usually are. That may be true, but I think I need to educate him... That said, I do feel better on the Prozac, and plan to stay on it awhile. It's a low dose, but enough for me. I hope I was a good ambassador for others with fibro who this doc may meet in the future. I think he will be an ally. I celebrated surviving the appointment by going to CostCo. Spent too much, but my freezer is stocked with lovely organically grown frozen veggies, and there are some fun things (healthy things!) in my kitchen, to eat. I do like spending money! Anyway, that's the update. Peace, Beth.