Hi, I've been dealing with FMS for several years and I feel like I am fighting a losing battle. I'm hoping to get some support and learn some ways to quiet these flare-ups down. So far, I am not doing too well on my own. Currently I take Tramadol for pain and see a Rheumatologist. I cannot take the NSAIDs because of the side effects so Tramadol it is. It helps some but when the pain gets bad, I just can't move and feel pretty useless. My daughter is supportive but my husband and the rest of my family don't understand. I am unable to work like I used to and that creates tension at home. I recently quit a job that entailed me standing on my feet for several hours a day. My family (they live out of state) doesn't know I have quit and I am dreading telling them because they will be very upset with me. We have a family member who has severe arthritis and she is unable to work. Her condition is very much accepted among our family. Mine is not. I keep very quiet about myself as a result. I just go about doing what I can. I did find another job which I am able to do but it won't make my family happy I had to quit the other one. For a first post, I apologize for being all over the place. I feel like I have let everyone down who I love because I can't be 100% anymore. Some days I wish I could just run away and start over where no one knows me and won't judge me. I'm glad I am here. I look forward to reading more of the posts on this forum.