welcome! I too am 54 and know exactly what you are going through. The hip pain that you were talking about I thought it was the fibro thing, and have never mentioned it to my doctor but I will on my next appt. This illness is a one day at a time struggle, but I am trying to just take one day at a time, end really be joyful at the good days. As you get older the days pass so quickly, I hate to think it is just pain pain pain. Have you ever been to Ireland? It is a dream of mine to visit that lovely country. Maybe one day. I think even with this illness it is good to hope and dream. You will love this website!