Hi fibro friends. I'm feeling down tonight. After being ill for the past 18 months and not working (age 53), my claim for disability benefits here in the USA was denied today- and I have a strong, documented case with other conditions. I will appeal with help from a lawyer. But it's clear to me now that the system doesn't fully understand how debilitating this disease can be. It's frustrating when you've paid Social Security taxes for 34 years, only to be denied help when you really need it. I have four physicians and even went to the University of Washington Medical Center for 2nd and 3rd opinions. I definately have fibromyalgia. I will ultimately have to go before a judge to state my case. It's like pouring salt into a very deep wound. A wound that only we understand. Sorry. I had to spill for a minute. My husband is off moose hunting in Canada for 10 days and I'm left to fend for myself and the dogs. But at least the dogs understand. God bless them. Hope your day is much better than mine. Blessings to all.