i am a 58 year old woman who up until 4 years ago lived a normal, happy, active life. I planted 20 rose bushes in one weekend and that was the beginning of my problems. I woke up with my neck and upper back stiff and painful. After going to doctor after doctor and pain clinics and PT and steroid shots, I am no better, in fact worse. I have some stenosis and foraminal stenosis C5/C6 and now have lumber stenosis. I have developed neuropathic pain and wake up evety day with burning all over my body, my arms, leg, hands, feet as well as back pain and arm pain. I have tried neurontin (allergic), nortyptilline (makes me very anxious), cymbalta (got diverticultis) and Lyrica (could not move I was a zombie). After many neurology appointments I went to a rheumatologist who said I now have fibromyalgia, basically widespread pain. I also have IC. I am beyond knowing what to do or where to go. I can no longer drive, can no longer work, and am in pain from morning to night. Perhaps if I would have had my neck fixed a few years ago I would not have developed widespread pain and now the doctors say don't get surgery, it will make me worse. I am not looking for narcotic meds, I just want to get better. I am depressed, I am scared and mostly I can no longer deal with the constant pain, day in and day out. is there anyone out there who had widespread pain and still had spine surgery? Did it help or is it too late once you develop fibromyalgia? I am terrifed of surgery and terrified that that it is possible to actually get worse after surgery. I am losing my ability to deal with this pain. I can't cook,can't clean my house, I am just existing, trying to deal with the pain. I live in MA. I would go to a hospital and check in but I honestly don't know where to go where they would not think I am crazy. I would love to find a hospital where I could check in and let them figure out what is wrong and help me. I am so scared.