Hi. Don't know how to start this. I was just diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Happen to be a "stiff day" and bad day with the Plantar Fasciitis the day I went in to the new doctor with a list of "nusiance conditions" and constant fatigue. Since I have chronic pain and stiffness and off balance often due to the Plantar Fasciitis, was recovering from being rearended while sitting at a redlight, a friend invited me to attend a "Pain Support Group" to learn how to deal with pain & fight the depression she could see starting in me. Mostly there were people with Arthritis, MS and FMS. I thought I would not fit in as I don't consider myself disabled. I was really suprised at how my struggles and theirs were identical. I got news the insurance company would cover the new doctor so I switched right in the middle of insurance coverage for the accident. The old Dr (male) just ordered pills (which I hate). The new doctor (female) put me in physical therapy with medication only if I felt I needed it.I told her I wanted to come in after the accident issues are completed to evaluate other conditions I was dealing with. Ended up following up with her associate who is the one who caught the connection to my "list of complaints", asked questions and performed what she called a "Fibro physical test". I flinched a little but let her know it didn't hurt any more than normal so I said "just a little" or "more there". The conclusion was positive on "14 of 18 triggers" based on my "degree of flinching reaction" and not verbal response alone? Whatever that meant. So she diagnosed Fibromyalgia based on "number of tender points and classic texbook symptoms on the list" She put my list in the medical file and didn't hand it back to me!!! That I wasn't used to. She told me I wasn't going nuts just frustrated at wanting to do all the things I used to and it was complicated by the stress of a non supportive spouse. She gave me Elavil "to induce stage IV sleep where the body repairs itself", Paxil 12.5, and then "for your toolbox if you need it" she gave me Ultracet, and Ambien 10mg "for insomnia emergency". My energy still is low and I still have a low degree of "flue-like ache" at some point every day but I am finally able to do a couple things before I am exhausted. I am applying for disability even though I don't consider myself disabled. I just have several different chronic conditions that put all together do make it impossible to work in a preschool anymore. Can't stand long because of the feet. Can't sit long because of back, tailbone and neck. Irritable bowel and weak bladder (which I had suspended for prolapse once) means I have to have access to the bathroom at a moments notice. Diverticilitis and allergy induced asthma and migraines make diet restricted. If I cough or sneeze I leak and commercial protection for such causes rashes. I can't squat down and get back up on my own. I use a stick in the yard and stay near furniture inside to pull up with. If I get down I have to stand a minute before I move after getting up.