I have wondered many times if there are statistics or a graph of some kind which show the numbers of people with Fibromyalgia who would be considered severely disabled, moderately, or mildly, etc. I have seen so many of you on this forum write about being mostly housebound, or at least unable to work, or unable to do very much due to the illness. Yet, when I was diagnosed 12 years ago, my doctor was only newly aware of it, and since then, I've had other doctors express a feeling that for a person to be as disabled as I am is unlikely due to Fibromyalgia. Some have implied that it is mental or emotional or that I am just thinking I am this ill or exaggerating, or that if I tried, I would not be spending as much time in bed as I do. I wonder if there are really any statistics of how the illness actually affects most people who have it. If so, then we would feel a little more on stable footing when confronting people with these attitudes that Fibromyalgia is not really a debilitating illness.