I'm new to this site and still not sure what I'm doing however I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2009 at that time I had never heard of this disease. I also have hypothyroidism and I recently found out that this could be connected. I have found this site very helpful as sometimes you feel very alone. I had to give up work 7 years ago due to this illness and I cannot see me ever getting back into work as it is not getting any better, I take a lot of medication due to this which only takes the edge off the pain, I have never experienced pain like this especially when I am having a flare up. Because fibro is an invisible illness I always feel as if I'm over explaining this to people especially the DWP I always feel as if they are questioning my illness. If only they could live a day in my body they wouldn't put people with this illness under all the added stress. I also have osteoarthritis, I've had 2 hip replacements and I've just recently (21st Dec 2015) had and anterior lumbar inter fusion on my spine. My mobility is limited and has been for a good few years now I can't walk very far at all and I can't stand for too long. Fibromyalgia has totally changed my life, I have no social life as I can never be bothered to go out, I struggle terrible with stairs by time I get to the top I feel like I've ran a marathon the aches and pains are horrendous and I also even struggle on the silliest of things like making my bed (when I am able to get out of it) if I shake my quilt once you'd think I'd been weight training once again I ache and I'm in pain, this is the only way I can describe the way I feel if I try and push myself at times I only suffer for days afterwards. I would never ever wish this illness on anybody it is the worst thing I have ever had to deal and live with , I could go on and on with this.