Hi, Patsy, and welcome! Ahhh....another lurker! LOL I did my share of lurking on this site before I ever joined. Actually, this is the ONLY forum I ever joined and that's because it's the best out there! I think you know that by now. Our members are wonderful and love to help one another and we really do care about each other too. So, welcome aboard!
Have you read the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum? If not, mosey over there because there are links to great information about fibromyalgia. You will learn a lot and even some things that might help your pain and fatigue.
I am on disability. Fibromyalgia was only one of my health issues, as you can see in my signature. I think, with everything combined, it made a difference. I got it with my first try and didn't need a lawyer. If you decide to try, be sure to follow their directions to a "T" and don't "fudge" on any of the questions. They can tell if you are making things sound worse than they are. Honesty is always the best policy. That's what I did and the whole process took me about six months.
I'm so glad that you decided to join our family. You will like it here. You get a lot of support and some laughter, too. So, keep those spirits up, put a smile on that face, and join in our discussions. Don't hesitate to ask questions, either. We are here to help you. I hope to hear more from you soon.