Hi Barbara, I read your note about the pain you are having, all sounds familular. I was diagnoised with fibromyalgia 13 years ago, if you haven't read about it yet, it might be something for you to look into.. I have had lower back pain, that started with feeling like I was sitting on the end of my tail-bone and very painful. This would come and go. Now it has progressed into lower spine, shoulders, neck and hips very painful. After reading about ankylosing spondylitis,sounds very close to home also..hopefully not! I've had this about 2 years, have not seen a doctor due to no medical insurance..will soon have insurance. Am on disability Social Security for FMS and other illness. I really miss working and being busy, busy,busy like I use to be. But it all gets you down eventually. I still do alot considering.. anyway this is my first time on the web for health, find it very helpful..good luck to you!!!