I always think it is good to be clear, concise, to the point and helpful. So, what do you say when someone asks you (and really is interested and cares to know...). Please do share, as I am sure many of us can glean some great things other people say to people. For me, I say that it is a chronic pain illness, with over 200 co-existing symptoms. It is an auto immune condition, with a variety of speculations as to what it is and what causes it though. Sometimes I am great -and I make the most of these days...other days and weeks I could be in bed recovering from that one day. Every day is a new day with FM - and the most important thing to do is to be able to listen to our bodies when it is time to call it quits, instead of pushing ourselves (like many of us do). (I am not exactly 100% with what I say tbh...but at the moment haven't come up with anything better!