This is the first time I have ever joined a group for Fibro and the first question! I have had Fibro for over 14 years and somehow managed the symptoms with the help of a brilliant Dr and Rheumy. I seem to have taken a big slide in the last 12 months, being unable to walk without pain in my feet, ankles, knees and lower back. I am also suffering with neck pain akin to whiplash. This has been getting steadily worse for about the last year so not sure it is just a flare. Is my Fibro getting worse and my main question is about painkillers. I cannot take anything that will upset my stomach ie Iboprufen so Dr has me on Tramadol. If I take them I feel the pain but don't care it is there!! Great but I then need to take a nap in the afternoon because they make me so tired and my family are getting fed up with me 'always sleeping'. I feel like I want to scream at them because they don't know what it is like to deal with this pain but I am also aware that after 14 years of hearing 'I am sore' it is hardly their fault if they find me a pain to live with. I try to keep as 'normal' as possible during the day so my Fibro does not impact their lives too much but this pain is really beginning to get to me and I need a decent painkiller that works without making me so tired. Any advice greatly appreciated!