Hi! I don't think you will find a person on this forum that has not gone through what you just described. That's what makes this disorder so insidious and cruel. We 'look' fine. I don't think I look fine 'gimping' through a grocery store humped over a cart counting the minutes until I can get out of there. I believe I have had this since I was a teenager...long before fibro was even known to the medical community.(I am 64 years old now) Over the years, I have been dx'd with anxiety, IBS, peripheral neuropathy, RLS, 'chronic pain disorder'...all before fibro finally was recognized and defined. I have been taking somekind of OTC pain medication since I was twelve years old for all kinds of aches and pains. And yes, because we go through periods of time when we can actually function, most fibro illiterate people think we are just hyperchondriacs. My son just told me the other day that one of his co workers has MS, Lupus and RA and comes to work every day...God Bless her. I know he told me this to put my pain in perspective and I really try to do this. Many of us have other disorders that cause pain also, along with fibro, including myself. I think one of the main problems with trying to get others to understand, is that this disease is multi dimensional and there are so many other issues that compound the problem...not just pain. The Fog can be the worst...and the up and down all night long trying to find a place to sleep that is comfortable, which in turn causes fatigue.
I just keep on keep on, and know that I will have good days. And oh yes...I love it when some stupid doctor tells me this disease is caused by parasites...or the abundance of anti biotics that plague our food supply nowadays. My favorite...pounds of bacteria ridden feces that stay lodged in the colon wall for years. Uh, no. I have heard it all!
This is no Social Crisis... Just another Tricky Day (The Who)