Hi, I am new here. I have had a lot of symptoms for 5 years now which my GP keeps saying is stress. I think I have Fibromyalgia because I have most of the symptoms, I have them all the time but have periods of time when all the symptoms flare up to be a lot worse and I get clear blood tests which the GP has run 3 times now. I've just been back and questioned why they are not considering this is what I have and basically I have been told that I am old and tired. I'm 40 and a carer for my autistic sons and I feel like they are not taking me seriously because the assumption is that all my symptoms are caused by the stress of my caring situation. I asked for a referral to rheumatology but was told that the criteria for that is that I have had to have tried a course of Amitryptiline first. The problem I have is that my sons are highly vulnerable and I need to be alert from the moment I get up with them at 6:30-7ish until when they fall asleep, 11pm-midnight ish and to be able to care for them throughout the day. The GP has agreed to try and get a referral without but my question is, is this the normal process of referral for Fibro, I feel like I'm being forced onto meds to gain access to answers?