For the past several years I feel my FM has been just getting worse. When I was diagnosed, my rheumatologist told me I had 14 tender points and at the time back in 2002 you only needed to have 8 tender points along with fatigue, sleep issues, pain, etc. I don't know if that criteria has changed or not, but I now feel like I have 20 tender points. My worst tender points is deep within both of my hips/buttocks area which can reach down into both upper thighs and my knees. My neck and in between my shoulder blades are also tender and feel bruised. I cannot tell if the muscles feel bruised only, or if they are always in spasm. I did have an MRI for my low back and hip area which revealed nothing. The strange thing is this, if I massage this area deeply it hurts so bad, but feels good at the same time, very strange. My muscle in the hip/buttock area on the right also feels like I have little rocks in them. If I massage too deeply the area will burn and be much more painful the next day that I have to ice the area, apply pain relieving cream and take some Advil or Aleve. This type of bruised, rocky feeling has prevented me from going out and getting some walking for exercise. I had originally thought this pain could have been from a lipoma (benine tumor) that I had removed several years ago, I still feel that could be it, but both hips hurt, I only had surgery on the right hip, which is the worst one. I feel I may have to start taking my more powerful pain meds besides Aleve or Advil, but my integrative doc has not suggested me to take them, and in the past, she knows that I didn't want to take them, I may be changing my mind soon. I also may have a kidney stone on the left side, but my pain is worse on the right. Thanks for listening, hugs, Chelz.