Well; what a difference a day makes, as a singer (Dinah Washington?) once said; armed with the wealth of info I've learned during my short time on here, I went to see a Doctor - not my regular GP - today at 11.45. I was ready for war, and had decided that today was the day; I wouldnt take no for an answer, and wouldnt leave the practice until I had some form of concrete diagnosis. Ready for action, possessed by my own self-assertiveness, I strode into his practice, and, before I could say a single word, he asked if 'these pains' I'd been experiencing since last year were in roughly the same place on both sides of my body? Yes, I replied: "Are you depressed?", he asked, and I told him that yes, I was, but really felt that there was nothing in my life to depress me. "You've got fibromyalgia, Barry," he said. "We are going to have to adjust your medication. Please, sit down."
Just like that. The anti-climax and the relief were palpable. He wants to see me again in early January. Thanks for your help, everyone; just off to take my first ever dose of Amitriptylene (25mg). I'll let you all know how it goes xx