Hello all! My name is Julie, I am 34 yrs old and I have had FM for about 5 years. I have been to several doctors, tried endless medications. I have lived with people thinking I am fakeing the symptoms. I even ended up divorced after 8 yrs of marriage because he couldn't understand. I am in the middle of a bad period right now. I am having some problems that I am not sure are related to FM, it is in my hands. The first finger on my right hand is slightly bent, I am unable to straighten it out completley, and the middle finger of my left hand is bent almost completely into the palm of my hand. If I accidently hit either of these fingers and cause them to straighten out, I hit the floor on my knees crying from the pain. I have had prednizone in the past and it worked wonders. However, the dr does not want to give it to me too frequently. I have a heart condition in additon to FM. I had to throw a hissy fit in order to get an appt with the Rhumatologist! They wanted me to wait 3 months! Does anyone else have this sort of problem? I have told the dr I am going to do surgery on myself if he doesn't help me soon! My mother was diagnosised with FM about a year ago -and she is starting to exeprience this same problem with her hands.