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Hello TPC, I am a newbie to this community but not a newbie to pain, like you all. This is my first post. This is the topic I’m looking for support and thoughts on: I have had fibromyalgia/arthritis for 20 years, and it has been getting worse especially in the past two. I’m in the pain management clinic at Kaiser, yadda yadda. What I find myself doing is protecting my lovely husband from my pain. I am fortunate to be married to the most amazing superman. I love him to death, he is so supportive! But my pain has taken a turn for the worse, and my own symptom-management is not “doing it” like times past (ya know, meds + mindfulness + acupuncture + chiropractic + natural supplements + yadda yadda). I have hit a new pain high, and he can tell in my expression and body movements. I find myself not wanting to “complain” to him, and although he is a wonderful listener, I don’t want to burn his ear off. But he can see it. So that’s where I am at. Maybe that’s why I’m reaching out now, and haven’t before – because I’m entering a whole new level of pain, and I’m really worried, and I’m scared to tell him. Thank you for letting me share. – Puma