Hi WFJ and welcome. There are so many variables to fibro and how it starts and how it progresses, it's not suppose to be progressive but you couldn't prove it by me. Mine started in my late 40s with stress and anxiety then fatigue came along and after it got to be a problem we started testing to find what was causing that and "everything else it could be" (which is in the fibro 101 thread, first on first page) but it took a full blown flare of feeling like I had been beaten with a baseball bat to get a dx from my doc. Some have had pain all their lives. For some it has been a traumatic event in their lives like a car wreck that starts fibro. Some can't put their finger on any reason it starts. You are not too young to have fibro we have some younger than you on the forum.
I suggest you print out a copy of fibro symptoms from the fibro 101 thread and mark each one you have and keep a journal on your pain and fatigue. Find a doc that believes in fibro 100%, it doesn't matter if he is your PC doc or a rheumy as long as he/she understands and treats fibro. My GP dxd me but when I was looking for a new rheumy I talked to the nurses of the docs to make sure they believed in and treated fibro before I decided on one. Remember you are hiring them. Take all your info with you and go over everything with the doc. They do have to rule out all the other things it could be to get a dx.
Good luck and we are here for you.
luv and hugs
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