I got so tired of the comments... but I took leave of my senses the other day while buying paint. I have chatted with this lady several times where she used to work and now at the local hardware store. We were talking about painting and I told her that I had to be the go-fer as I cannot do things like paint any longer. She asked why... I was dumb enough to tell her the truth. I explained a bit about the pain and how I can no longer do heavy housework like push a vacuum cleaner. She looked at me for a moment and then said "what do you call that illness again?" I thought maybe she knew someone with it. I told her "fibromyalgia." Then she scoffed and said, “I think I will tell my husband that I have that and then I can get out of doing the housework too." I simply looked at her and said, "No dear, you most definitely don't want this, be thankful that you can work." She gave a disbelieving look; I thanked her for the paint, smiled at her and left. I've had people tell me that they envy me as I get to stay home all of the time now. I usually remind them that also means no travel, concerts, vacations and fun things too. Even a trip to the mall us usually enough to set off a nasty flare. I know I look perfectly healthy, so I am going back to just telling people that I have "health problems" and leave it at that. I don't want to sound like I have a chip on my shoulder, because I don't, but I would NEVER be insensitive to someone who tells me that they have an illness, wonder what makes people think the way that they do?