About a month ago I was diagnosed with FM, however, I have had the symptoms of FM for well over 10 years. I built up a tolerance to aceteminiphen, and got some relief from Ibuprophen, but after getting to where I was taking about 250 (200 mg) tablets a month, I finally fell into a serious depression. Lost my job as a General Forman as result of my inability to manage a project, that normally I would have handled easily. I took another job as an electrician forman, but having to do phyical labor made my pain so bad, and caused such fatigue that all I could do was go to work, and come home and lay down on the couch until bedtime. Not that sleep is any great relief. I have only slept 3 1/2 to 4 hours a night for at least the last ten years, and wake up at least hourly. It never feels like I am asleep. I have applied for disability in the state where i live, my doctor has filled out the paperwork saying I will never return to work. However, after reading here, it sounds unlikely I will disability. I can not return to the physicalness of being an electrician, which i have done to 20 years, and am not trained to do anything else. Even driving is a problem, because the seatbelt causes my shoulder and chest to hurt, making it hard to keep my hands on the steering wheel, not to mention the real fear of falling asleep at the wheel, which i have done several times, but woke up in time not to crash. Sorry this is so long, but I really just don't know how I am going to provide for my family.