I have tried physical therapy, once again. I had my first appointment yesterday. I have FM, disk problems in my back, and I also have horrible hip/buttock/thigh pain as well. My hip and thigh pain was always somewhat painful, but after I had a very large lipmoa removed from my right hip/buttock area, the pain has been excrutiating at times. Now, getting back to this therapist, she was tough, neve had one like this before. She knows about my FM, but says she will treat me for my orthopedic problems first. At first, I did not like this woman. She had told me that with FM, what I need to do is soak in a 93 degree pool, then afterwards have strenuous exercises with a physical therapist present. I should do this 2 to 3 times per week, she said "statistics" show this is what works. "Statistics regarding FM can be useless, all FM cases are different just like all MS cases are different or CFS for that matter. I stared at her with disbelief and I finally told her "You obviously do not have FM" I was trying to be nice about it, because getting all angry just puts me in more of a flare and my fatigue will go through the roof. She seemed to soften a little after I said this. I was trying to be a good sport and I said "Let's just not concentrate on that for now". This seemed to work and she was a little more agreeable. Next, she did give me a good examination and she did spend time with me, she just had a tough demeaner. She said that she will search out a good pool for me that is warm, she also gave me a lot of hints on how I have to change my desk around at work. She wants me to bring in all the shoes that I usually wear and she will evaluate what should be the best for me. I did tell her to please do not give me any of those dumb exercise sketches for me to take home and do, I told her If I could do those exercises, I wouldn't be in physical therapy, I could just read them off some magazine or something. She agreed and at least listened to what I had to say, I was surprised. She listened and I think she gained some respect for me at that point, I told her I needed to go slow with anything she prescribes for me, and YES eventually my FM will have to be taken into consideration. I do not know how this will all pan out in the end, but for now I will keep my next appointment with her, I think I may be able to work this out. My insurance for physical therapy is excellent. I have unlimited visits and they will only cost me $10.00 co-pay per visit, so that is not a problem, thank goodness for that. Because I have always been so sensitive emotionally, I would have walked out in the past. Since I started working in a hospital, believe it or not, you do develop a toughness, I work in medical records, not an easy job, maybe this has helped me a little. I will see how this works out for me. Thanks for listening. Hugs, Chelz.