I told my mom the problems I have with Fm diagnosis over here, and the pressure from DSHS to have a diagnosis or else, the docs who don't believe in FM/CFS, the routes the docs take to diagnose IF the believe in it, the struggle ONCE you're giagnosed. I have to tell the short story why I went here first. There was a short rise (didn't know then) in unemployment in mid 90-s, at the same time the EU borders opened, and it became popular to go where the work was. I went a little further, to the US since I had been here before in short work related trips. I figured I stay for a couple of years. Circumstances and finances kept me stuck here a little longer than planned, I've now been here for 8 1/2 years. In the meantime, I've developed RA, Sjogrens and FM besides bunches of other stuff I already had before. Anyway back to FM in Sweden. She told me that any doctor can diagnose FM in Sweden. FM is not a "syndrome" in Sweden, it is an accepted illness. Doctors will not let you work once diagnosed. Physicians have all the power in Sweden, there are no insurance companies, no pharmaceutical monopolies. Social Services might get grumpy and try domething, but they have no say so against a physician (any physician) over there. You will have your disability. You don't wait for disability there, it will be a month at the most. I knew we were far ahead, but I had no idea. I dropped my jaw to the floor. Now I really wish I wasn't so broke (because I can't work! LOL!) that I can't get myself and my children back home as I had planned for the future anyway. My family is back home, a big family, my children have no family here, it will only be fair if I bring them there, imagine when they are adults, they will have someone there. Here, they only got me (and "dead-beat-dads"). Anyway, I bet this will infuriate you guys, as it does me, I know how we all struggle to get recognised, to get diagnosed, and even when we do, we still get problems with disability or at work, etc.