I have worked full time since I was 21 and enjoyed the challenges, social interaction and of course, the paychecks. My job was eliminated a few months ago, probably in part due to my abscences. I spent most of March home in bed with either the flu or sever colds. I thought being home for awhile would help my fibro -- nope, not a bit. I've dealt with this for two years but the symptoms seem to be escalating every day. My hips feel like someone is drilling into them. If I walk somewhere, I'll end up almost passing out from pain on the way back. Yesterday my shoulders, elbows and wrists joined the pain party. I can't express how angry I am at this disease. I continue to apply for full time jobs though I know I won't be able to keep one. I've applied for social security disabilities and noted in my bank statement that a direct deposit from the government has been set up. I don't know if that means I'm going to get it or what. I don't want to give up on my career but it seems to pointless to obtain a job only to lose it. I would love to hear from others on how they handled it. Thank you for any help, or comseration.