Hello all! I was just recently diagnosed with FM, tho I have had doctors suggest it as a possibility for about 15 years. I have shied away from the diagnosis, until now. I have battled with Lyme disease for 20 years and that was bad enough. In the last 6 months my symptoms have reached a point where I finally had to quit chasing each one down and agree that they all traced back to one cause: FM. And then the week I got diagnosed my body decided to go into early menopause with a huge bang. I am having a bad day and decided since there are no support groups in my area it was time to reach out to the internet community. My husband, while supportive, has no understanding of what I am going through. He works out of town and I am lucky if he is home one day a week. We have 2 small children. (15 months and 4) Between them, 6 horses, and a house to keep up I have a reason to get out of bed every day, even when I don't want to. Like today. Thank god for a diagnosis. Now I can give myself a break. I don't have to be superwoman anymore. There is a reason I have good days and bad. There is a reason I can't run 4 miles every day anymore. There is a reason I can't get the whole house clean in a day without being exhausted for a week. I used to blame a lot of things on the Lyme, but it couldn't explain everything. It's nice to have answers. And it's nice to be able to give my husband a reason for why I just don't feel "peppy". Or I am a total slug. I just hate that it's going to be 50 here today, unusually warm in Montana for January. I would love to go for a ride. But the thought of even going outside hurts, much less the energy to try and get on my horse. They do give me a reason to get out every day (I have to feed them!) but I hate that I can't spend the time with them I would like. Very grateful to have found these boards and the suggestions here. Have already been taking some of the supplements suggested for other reasons, and noticed they were helping. I know the more I stay hydrated the better I do. My doctor prescribed Lyrica, but I can't afford the $162 a month right now. Once we hit our deductible it will go down to $65, and that is doable. So I just have to wait, and then see if it will work. Ok, enough rambling. Like I said, bad day. Needed a vent. Thanks for being here. Gentle hugs to eveyone out there.