Welcome back, Coyote! Sorry to hear about all your joint & back problems on top of the Fibro. It's amazing that you can continue to work at all. And then to have to care for an elderly parent -- how do you do it?!
I agree that average folks have no idea how much pain we're in, & plenty of docs don't either. At least DR Oz had a recent segment on Fibro which shows areas of the brain lit up blue by pain, areas which are not on fire in Normals. I saw this link on another site & went to check it out. I don't watch doctor shows, but for folks who do, maybe it will heighten their awareness that our illness is REAL & it HURTS LIKE CRAZY!
Hope you come back more often to join the old crowd. Lots of support here.