I am curious about something, as a child I had strep throat infections all the time, I had what the doctors call "growing pains" and antibiotic sensitivities like crazy. I think this was the beginning of my FM as a child. I don't believe in "growing pains" that was such a cop out as far as I am concerned that doctors loved to toss those words around. It should never hurt to "grow" and if that is the case, then wouldn't everyone have growing pains? I was sickly, had my tonsils out at the age of 9, but then had those stupid growing pains, which went away for a few years, then came back with a vengence in my late teens and early 20's. I really do believe this was FM in the making. Was anyone else so sick as a child? I had to repeat the first grade because I missed so much school, couldn't pay attention because of constant fevers and being run down, which seems so unusual for a child. When I was diagnosed with FM (after being called a hypochondriac for over 25 years ) the doctor told me I had 14 tender points, and I only needed 11 for a FM diagnosis. I wonder how many of us, as children, were sick a lot, told we just wanted attention, was told we were hypochondriacs, can you even imagine calling an 11 year old child a hypochondriac? I wonder how much depression and anxiety was caused by all this negativity regarding our health as children? How much it influences how we think and live right now as adults? I know we can't go back and erase our childhood as far as our helath goes, but I do wonder how these experiences shaped us as now in our lives. Just food for thought I guess. What do you think? Hugs to all, Chelz.