hi everyone, as i have been reading all your comments i have had tears in my eyes, i thought that only i was going through this awfull pain and suffering, iv slowly gotten worse over the years, i have fibromyalgia and polymyalgia rheumatica, many many years ago all this used to be called growing pains, but iv stopped growing now so thats a lie. I stopped work through ill health in 2004 I was a pcp board inspector, and slowly i couldnt sit for too long, lost concentration, memory loss, stiffness all over my body, feeling of nausia, now i find it is effecting my eyesight, plus the palm of my hands burn whenever i put them in water, or shower. I have carers who come in to get me out of bed and shower and dress me, when you cant get your arms to go round the back of your body to keep yourself clean, then all of your morals go out the window. I have learnt to live with my condition, although i do have the odd slip up and cry my eye out, sometimes it makes me feel good, a change from shouting and woe is me, that i cant take you have the condition well live with it. its not going to go away, and until someone comes up with a magic pill,!!! But what really annoys me more than anything is that we have to fight or prove that we are ill, to claim money so as we can live, it is expensive having this condition, you cant afford to get cold, if your still working you cant have items that you need to help you from the state. if you claim the wrong allowence when you do retire early and you have savings, or redundency money, with some benefits you will be means tested, therefore your savings or redundency are taken into account plus your partner, husband, wife, whoever if they live with you theres is taken into consideration also. But no-one tells you this as your filling in the forms only later when everything has gone through, now at the moment i am waiting for a wet room because i can no longer get my legs over the bath. up to yet i have been told that i wont need to put anything towards this wetroom but i will have to wait untill april of this year to see if i will qualify for the said wet room. As if we dont have enough to put up with we have to fill in tons and tons of paperwork, make sure you have all the relevent documents from gp,s or specialists, some you may have to pay for. Life is so wrong, when things are freely given to certain people, yet others have to fight/prove they need it much more.