I was diagnosed with FM three years ago after spending a week in bed crying with incredible pain in my legs. My doc sent me to the ER to rule out blood clots and then I went to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and degenerative joint disorder as I have no cartlidge in my knees. Also have a uterus full of fibroid tumors, sciatica and carpal tunnel. Putting off surgery for tumors until I get off my HMO and on a better medical plan. Somehow I've managed to maintain a fairly high level of functioning until this week. This is the first week since my diagnosis that I have not snapped back from a bad flare up. I have not been able to work all week due to pain, brain fog and overwhelming fatigue. I am taking an antidepressant and I rotate use of pain meds and muscle relaxers for maximum functioning, minimal side effects and avoidance of tolerance. It seems that over 50% of the people with this disorder that I've met in the chat rooms are on disability and unable to work. I'm 45 and have a 12 year old in private school. I need to keep working. For the first time since my diagnosis I fear that I will not be able to work as long as I had hoped and I'm terrified.