The clinical definition of Fibromyalgia is as follows:

Fibromyalgia is called a 'benign' condition. It causes no known damage to muscles or connective tissue. It is also associated with sometimes delilitating conditions such as arthritis, or lupus. Fatigue and widespread pain in areas around
the neck shoulders, the full back and hips.

Doctors have finally recognized the fibromyalgia is a real condition with many symptoms. The primary symptoms are:

generalized pain
fatigue and poor sleep

There are many, many other symptoms that can be a ssociated with fibromyalgia such as mental confussion, irritable bowel syndrom and depression. The list of other symptoms is very long.

I have had aches and pains since I was about 18 or so. I didn't think much of it until after I had my son and it started to get a bit worse.
Then the pain really kicked in. I woke up in the morning and it took me awhile to get out of bed. Everything hurt!

My neck, my back, my knees, my shoulders!
I was diagnosed with osteo-arthritis. No big deal I figured and I got used to the pain. I don't like taking medications. I take them for my bipolar and that's enough for me. After all of the different meds and their side effects I'll stick with those and only take the over the counter pain meds, thank you very much.
But sometimes I couldn't survive on just that so my doctor gave me a RX for darvocet. I would take one maybe two at bedtime and that would be it.
I didn't take it everyday because I refused to. I could deal with the pain. But if it hurt too much that's when I would take the pain med.

My doctor finally saw that the pain was something more and sent me off to a different doctor. He finally diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.
That was a relief. But it also confused me a bit too because I had never even heard of this fibro thingy.

I called my sister who was a nurse at the time and she said "Oh, so you have 'hypochondriac's disease'." I have to admit that I got just a wee bit upset with her. lol I am not a hypochondriac and the pain was very real.

I decided to buy some books and learn more about fibromyalgia. Everything I read was exactly what I was going through. I was excited because what I had was real, other people had it and there were ways to help myself feel better!

I was so happy! I still am!