I am so frustrated by this disorder. I am in a major flair which began in my lower back and has spread, first to one shoulder and now to the next. I have pain in my neck and in my fingers. I know from experience that this is probably a temporary condition, but whenever I have a major flair I get frustrated. I almost wonder if there is a viral component to these flairs. Anyway I feel better just being able to vent to people who can understand. It is impossible to get my non-fibromyalgic friends and family to understand. They express sympathy, but I always feel as if they think I'm just a big hypochondiac. Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. This forum is definitely a big help.