This is my first post here, so hi everyone! I was diagnosed with fibro 2 years ago. I was healthy until I had to have surgery 3 years ago. I had a herniated disc, C-4 C-5 and had an anterior cervical fusion. About 2-3 months after the surgery I stated having alot of problems that was attributed to the surgery and was told they would "go away". Im still waiting for that day...lol. I finally got in to a GP who actually listened to me and he ran alot of tests, checked for MS, Lupus, RA, thyroid, etc. Eventually he said "probably" fibro. Thats as close as I have been to an official diagnosis. The past year has been extremely hard on me and daily it is getting worse. I work full time in a physically demanding job and and I dont know how much longer I can do it. I havent told my employer about my medical problems, partly because I havent been "officailly" diagnosed and partly because I really think I would be fired. Thats just the impression I get from what Ive heard and seen. Plus I am not eligible for FMLA yet. I am a single parent with just my income and cannot afford to lose my job or insurance. I am on no meds and until last year I was able to "grin and bear it". I cant afford a drs visit, even with my insurance. But I at the point where I NEED something NOW. Ive tried the er route and that was a joke, never again. I dont know which is worse, the pain or the fatigue. Many, many days I come home from work so exhausted that I cant even stay awake after I get home. I will fall asleep talking to my son! Other nights I cant sleep no matter what I do. I wake up feeling like Ive not sleep at all. So frustrating. Cant function without meds, but cant afford to get them either. I cant imagine spending the rest of my life like this. I did manage to get an appointment with a pain management specialist at the end of the month and I hoping she can help me, even though I am going to see her due to a pinched nerve in my neck which is causing my left arm all kinds of problems. I didnt mean to come here and complain, so if you got this far thanks for listening!! Ive been lurking for about a week now and decided this looked like a good place to be. Happy St Patricks Day!!