Hi fellow sufferers, I have been reading your posts for awhile and it honestly has helped me so much. It is not nice that we all suffer from these diseases but it is nice to read that others have the same things you have. For awhile I thought I was becoming a hypochondriac (sp?). I thought I could never have all these things that I am feeling. i was diagnosed with CFS about 10 yrs ago when I was a sophmore in college. I was working two jobs, going to school full time and going to dancing school twice a week. I got mono during that time and I had to quit everything except school which I begged my doctor to be able to continue. I slept constantly and I don't remember much of that time at all now. I don't remember when the pain started exactly. I remember over the last year that i would be awakend during the night with terrible pain in my arms and legs. But it would take an hour and it would be over. Then recently when I would wake up in the morning, my ear would be in terrible pain if I had slept on it during the night..I thought wow this is so weird!! Continuing on a little while if I slept on my side not only would I have pain through my ear but now on that entire side of my body. Still I didn't think much about it. You have so many weird things with the CFS that I just figured it had something to do with that. But then...one Saturday night I got the aching and pain in my arms and legs and it never went away. I spend three days and nights in agony waiting for it to go away. Tried everything over the counter I could which only resulted in my stomach getting upset but no pain relief. I sat here crying to my husband because I was so tired and I would lay away all night wanting to sleep but can't because of this awful pain. Finally he said either you go to the doctor of I am taking you to the ER. You can't live this way and I can't watch you do this. So off I went. Being that I had already been diagnosed with the CFS, the doctor did some blood work and when the results came back, all was normal. He right away said you have Fibro. So since then I have been managing with Tramadol and muscle relaxers. I do good most of the time, but there are days when nothing helps. I have to say, after being on the Tramadol, my life has really improved. I am able to face the world again and I can work and take my dogs for a walk and play with them. But on the bad days...well I don't have to tell you all. You already know So finally to my question. I am seeing a pain mgmt doctor next week for the first time. I was wondering if anyone had advice on what I should be telling him, asking and what I should expect from seeing him. Thank you for reading my story and I am glad to be a part of this great group of people.