Not mine - although the associated 'getting out of bed' is generally not a pain-free experience - but my boss'. I had a brief chat with her yesterday, as she was trying to arrange my final stage 2 sickness meeting (about time it was my final one, as I returned to work in February, and haven't had a day off since!), and explained that, provided the blood results aren't positive for antibodies, inflammation, or rheumatoid factor, then I have fibro. Her response was 'oh, well, that's just a generic term'. Which I suppose is a step up from 'that doesn't exist!', but then, she didn't know that would end up being my diagnosis at the time, so I suppose she may now be showing a rare, faint glimmer of tact.
So, I'm trying to get together a pile of information for her to read (and hopefully understand - she is a clinician, after all) so that - when I go to my next meeting with her and HR, she might actually realise that this condition is disabling, painful, frustrating, and - at times - a flipping nightmare! I know I smile and try to look fine, but that's because I'm dealing with patients and colleagues all day, all of whom have their own problems and don't need to be burdened with mine. It doesn't mean I'm not struggling with the pain that has gatecrashed my body and is having one hell of a party at my expense.