If you don't know what fibromyalgia is, please allow me to explain -- then offer you a couple of websites to help further explain.
In my own everyday life, fibromyalgia is like the day before you actually come down with the flu (or a severe cold). It's that all-over-your-body achy feeling that won't go away. It can't be satisfied and you can't get away from the pain. Do you know how you feel on that day -- the day before the bad cold or flu really comes on?
Well, for many FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome) sufferers, EVERY DAY is like "that day". Thankfully, I am not severely affected by fibromyalgia this badly every day. However, it is something I deal with constantly. One depressing statistic is that a slight majority of FMS victims are considered disabled within ten years of the onset of the syndrome. Rather than whine, please allow me to point you to some Internet resources that might help you understand your friend or loved one who is suffering from FMS.
NOT arthritis! FMS is quite different from arthritis or rhuematism.