I am writing to you because I feel like you are very well informed about FM. I am 32, a teacher and a mother of a 4 year old. For the past 3-4 years I haven't felt well. It started with flu-like aching, sore throats and being "tired" all the time. It was always brushed off as being a new mother...blah, blah, blah... Then a year ago, I started having more frequent episodes of "flu" (although I don't have the flu}. I also had back problems and my legs and hips ached at night. I am also sooooo tired I can't function some days. Now I have noticed that when I overdo it, or am stressed, the next couple of days I am sick. Flu-like aching, sore throats, back pain and hip and leg pains. It starts at the top of my butt and runs down to my ankles only on the backs of my legs. I sleep with a heating pad every night. I changed doctors and he ran some routine blood work and my RF came back positive. I was sent to a rhuematologist and he is doing blood work right now. I was sent for a bone scan and nothing showed up. I am waiting for my results. He doesn't feel that it is RA. I do have infrequent Raynaud's. Does this sound like CFS or FM to you? He mentioned vasculitus?! From reading the posts it sure sounds like I fit into the FM catagory. With FM do you feel bad always or do you have good days and bad days? For example, today I feel great, yesterday, I felt like crap.. I was just wanting an "expert" opinion while I am waiting for my "expert" opinion!!!! Thanks for reading this and I am sorry that it is so long!!!