Just a FYI to give a lilttle more info...
I do push myself, in fact, on a daily basis. If not, I would be either lying flat in bed or sacked out on the couch. My main struggle is not only the fibro symptoms--I have a separate neuro condition as well, and that's mainly where the problem lies. I get severe spasms to the point where, for example, my toes (or sometimes legs) cramp, and I can't undo them--even if I physically straighten them. When in a bad cramp, they literally spring back to the cramping position! This would not be a pretty scene at a concert, and very disruptive to people around me, and likely to the band as well! I know from experience (of others attending) that the seats are extremely hard --even for healthy individuals with no problems. I've known people such as those who don't attend just because of the hard seats--hey, how much worse for those of us in pain, and highly sensitive to pressure--and 3 long hours?? This is a major flare just waiting to happen. Would start in my buttocks and work through the legs. It's even hard for me to sit a few minutes at a time on a pew in church, but I do it weekly, though I pay for it later.
Also, concerning the MP, I often get migraines, and have had a mild one all this week. The noise level (seats are in row 9) is extremely likely to increase the chance of a worse migraine, experience tells me. Unfortunately, my ears don't handle loud noises well, as they tend to get crackling noises, which are not pleasant, and obviously will contribute to the headache pain.
The reason I would prefer to sit by my husband is because I have a very poor sense of direction--get just about everything backwards! Neither would it be a pretty scene to have me wander off to the bathroom and try to navigate back through hundreds, if not thousands of people! (Call the search dogs! :)) I also have a very hard time walking after being in a sitting position for any length of time. The legs just don't want to work properly. An arm to lean on is very helpful!
Stretching exercises can help at times, but other times they cause my muscles to cramp and 'lock.' Then I have to wait for several (many) minutes until they 'undo' themselves. In the meantime....?? One can't very well walk back and forth among the crowd just to undo the muscle knots. I don't think that would make me very popular there!
Sorry if this sounds negative, but it is what it is. I intend to keep trying to 'be there' at any event I can, but this particular one would have my body just looking for trouble! :(
So--I really appreciate all the input/suggestions, but "been there, tried that" and that has been my experience, again and again, and believe me, I've tried to make such events 'work' til I'm blue in the face. I will definitely keep trying to make most events, however! I so agree that pushing through the pain is important, and I do that daily. This particular event, however, is about much more than just pain, as you can see.
Thanks to all of you for being there!