Ive been visiting this site for over a month now and I have not had the energy to type one word. Today is a new day and I thought that I would introduce myself. I am a 42 year old female who has not yet been diagnosed with Fibro but I can honestly say that I have the symptoms that everyone has been posting. My condition first started with Bi-lateral Carpool Tunnel and slowly made it's way into my entire body. I have been suffering with carpool since Dec. 2000, without any physical treatment or surgery due to my desk at the office being ergonically incorrect. Even though I BEGGED for a new desk, I was always told that there was no money in the budget to purchase a new desk. Therefore, 2 years later and hearing the same excuse about budgets, I felt myself getting worse to the point that I had serious problems with my upper extremities and numbing in my hands. I mean, I would come home during lunch and massage my pain! I honestly thought that I was going to have a heart attack. So,finally I went to see my private doctor and he informed me that I had ct and that he could not treat me due to it being related to my job. Therefore, I was sent to the company doctor in July of 2002, and they again ruled that I had bi-lateral carpool and wanted to schedule surgery. I had basically handled all of the work comp claims in the office and due to this, I had seen several surgeries to other employees that had ct surgery that were not so good. I mean they oftentimes had to have 2 to 3 surgeries and still were in bad shape. So it kinda scared me and I decided that I was not going to have the surgery and wanted to try conservative treatement instead. When the employers 30 day control was over, I sought a second opinion and this doctor wanted to perform surgery as well. I am very fearful of surgery only because of what I have seen, so I sought treatment with a chiro in August 2002. In August this is where I first started to show signs of Fibro, in my opinion. I did not know what Fibro was, but I had heard of this word for the first time from the w/comp claims adjuster. So I started doing some research. In the meantime, I was scheduled for my annual mammogram and my whole body was so tender and my breast were so swollen and tender....for you ladies, you know exactly what I mean. It was a horrifying and painful mammogram experience. Apparently they saw something that they want to keep track of and I had to schedule another mammogram (6 months later), which will take place tomorrow. I let my chiro know about this "flare up" the next day, and we still did not know why I was feeling all this pain. I just thought that since I was being "adjusted" and finaly receiving physical treating by this chiro, that maybe it was my body's way of saying, "your finally doing something good about your condition." Then I continued to have pain and all of a sudden, I was having problems with my sinuses. I mean, I had started noticing these symptoms in March of 2002, but just thought it was the common cold. So, I then made an appt. to see my private doctor to find out what was wrong with me. He told me that it sounded as though I had allergies. Anyway, I was sent to do skin test and found out that I was now allergic to my cats that I have had for over 5 years along with the outside, trees, ect. Now mind you, I have never been ill in my entire life! So, Sept. 2002, came around and I once again I had a "flare-up" right around my menstrual cycle. My chiro was once again, not sure what was causing this problem, so I went to see an Encronologist. An MRI was conducted and they found a nodule in my thyroid. A biopsy was conducted and it came back negative for cancer. I however, continue to have all over "flu like" symptoms on a daily basis, I mean, I'm in constant pain, can't drink milk anymore, crying spells, headaches, concentration problems, bloating, interrupted sleep, weight gain, flare ups right before my period, fatigue, tired all the time, pain in joints, ankles, knees, hips, hands, arms, morning stiffness...I mean this list goes on and on. To think that this could have been avoided if a $500.00 desk would have been purchased. I have been scheduled to see a rheumy on March 14, 2003, for an evaluation. Hopefully he can prescribe me some medication because my chiro cannot prescribe medication and I have been living in pain without meds since August of 2002. You know the funny thing is that I started having problems with my teeth and have already had two root canals. The dentist wrote me a prescription for "Vicodin" for mouth pain, which has helped me get through this month. Wish I could ask for more. Anyway, thanks for listening, and I apoligize for this long message.