After years of being ignored and told that it was all in their minds, FMS sufferers are finally getting the acknowledgment they deserve. Denied the recognition, compassion and disability benefits they so desperately needed in the past, until research emerged, fibromyalgia sufferers were subjected to skepticism by family members, employers, friends and the legal profession. Even many primary care physicians turned a deaf ear to FMS sufferers. Isolated and trapped into forced silence by negative reactions to their ailment, FMS victims were often overcome by fear of asking medical practitioners to address their symptoms and fear of asking family members for help in their day-to-day lives. Although things are better today, there is still STIGMA out there. For anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia or has a family member or friend that does, Educate yourself.