I have just come back from a visit to my rheumatologist. I have not seen him for a while but things have been getting worse as far as pain etc. goes. He says that I have FM and that it is primarily stress related. He did an examination but was not interested in listening to any other symptoms. He asked me to think back to when the pain first started and what might have happened in my life. The last ten years for me have been full of stress. He believes that I am still carrying a lot of this around with me and haven't come to terms with it. At the end of the session I was in tears and feeling sorry for myself. He said that pain meds. would not work for me. I am seeing a psychiatrist who is starting me on Aropax. I have tried other meds. but was unable to tolerate the side-effects. I know that stress can play a big part in a lot of conditions but I know that there is more to this disease than just stress. How do you account for some of the other strange symptoms? I feel that my visit was a waste of time. Everywhere I turn I hit a blank wall. No-one knows what to do with us. Can anyone offer any ideas?