I thought I was a hypochondriac too before I finally had all the tests and doctor visit that finally confirmed that I had Fibro. I had such a vast array of symptoms, yet, they always seemed to cluster/occur at the same time, I remember commenting to a friend saying, "I wonder if there is ONE illness that can cause ALL the problems that I suffer from".
Sure enuf, there was/is, Fibromyalgia. In a way, I was glad to know there was actually a name/reason for all that I suffered. On the other hand, the more research I did relevant to FM, the more I didn't like the dealy of having such an ailment. The main thing that bothers me are the intensity and duration of the flareups. I think I may have had some degree of FM most of my life and only with age, it seems to have intensified.
The main thing is to hang in there. There are some really gross days but there are good days to look forward to also. Those are the days I celebrate, re-group, plan out coping mechanisms. Those days, I try and enjoy as much as possible without overdoing/over exertion. Some folks with FM get quite a few "better" days. I pray/hope that for everyone. I think my dealy seems worse because of age issues added to the equation.
Try and find things to enjoy everyday...sometimes, little things mean a lot on bad days. One thing that helps me a lot is having this forum where I can come to and realize I am not alone in this. Hugs/Blessings Del