Today my friend & i were talking about her Dr.Appt, and she said her Dr. took blood and was testing for all kinds of stuff, Liver function, Arthritis? I sort of commented, why was her Dr. Doing test for Arthritis and not more focused on treating the fibro symptoms. I asked her if she had arthritis too, and she said arthritis is fibromyalgia. I acted suprised, and though i don't think it is, i didn't want to argue with her. I do not have fibro, and my friend does... and i don't think it would be fair t tell her what illness she has, and act like i know what she has and is going through... Its bad enough she has to be in so much pain every day and go through so much, let alone have a close friend TELL her about it. So i didn't. But i am curious to know... IS fibro a form of arthritis? I don't know if i'm confused about this or if she is... I'm a little concerned about her Dr. too. Shouldn't her Dr. be more focused on the fibro and helping her sleep better, feel better,etc. instead of looknig for arthritis? She has had alot of pain in her check and left side of her ribs lately. Also... If Shooting pain in her left leg & arm a Fibro Symptom, or part of nerve damage? Sorry for so many questions... i just care about ym friend alot and the Drs. arn't the best around herer.