with fibromyalgia finally in 1997 after becoming almost bed bound and housebound due to my GP diagnosing me with arthritis and the 'oh well you are not getting any younger' conversation. I'd had really severe symptoms since 1985 and eventually had to give up nursing in 1987 taking an admin job until 1994 when I had to stop working altogether. Like many others I can see that I had symptoms in childhood; my mother taking me to the school clinic when I was about 6 complaining of pains in my leg muscles. Over the years my doctor would suggest it was all down to growing pains so I learned to live with having weak wrists and aches/pains everywhere and never winning any race let alone the egg & spoon race. I found ways to cope thinking it was normal. Now at nearly 74 I still have to cope and rest when I need to and find ways to manage my symptoms and do things in life even though I am severely limited. But hey, I am still here. My motto - Accept what you can't do and find something you can do to keep yourself focused.