HI! I'm new to the message boards and I have tons of questions. I'm getting increasingly depressed and frustrated because I feel like fibromyalgia is ruining my life!!! I had a wonderful career in marketing that I had to give up because it was too much with my illness. I had an active social life! I've had to take a less demanding Monday-Friday desk job, but it doesn't pay enough so I've had to add a second part time job. I'm struggling to make ends meet. I also have asthma, high blood pressure, and a few other conditions. My rheumatologist has no bedside manner....he has a reputation for being a jerk. He keeps telling me I need to hit the gym everyday and I'll be fine! How can I go to the gym if I can't even get out of bed some days? I'm sick and tired all the time. My family, friends, and co-workers are tired of me being sick and tired and complaining all the time. Not quite sure what to do!!!! This illness is affecting every aspect of my life and I am having a hard time adjusting. I'm tired of people thinking I'm lazy or it's all in my head....even though they know I have an official medical diagnosis. Does anyone have any tips for coping with these issues? Also...everytime I start to have a fibro flair (which seems to be at least once a month!!!) my skin gets kinda pink and splotchy and then I get a small rash that pops up in different places. My doc says it's definitely related to my fibro, but that it's atypical. Anyone else have this?