LOL no, it isn't the other Ally. (Who is doing well by the way and back in Australia). I've been having a hard time posting or even reading the CC board lately too...more of the same oversensitivity, it's weird.
I definitely get what you are saying about dragging our "suitcase of physical" behind us.
Another thing that really helps me, and this may sound weird, but for me the pain is the worst in the mornings. So, at the beginning I would wake up and moan around in pain etc etc.
Then one morning I woke up, and (this is so weird) but somehow in my foggy state I decided that it wouldn't hurt so bad if I would stop defining the feeling as *pain*. I made up a new word for it - energy (although that word changes from time to time). And what that did, was it removed all my associations with the word "pain". See, as soon as I start thinking pain, I start thinking "ow, eech, yuck, boo hoo, ow". But since I have somehow managed to convince myself that what I am feeling is NOT pain, then all those associations just go away. And then I just feel the energy. And for whatever odd reason, it works. Well, it helps.
Good to hear from you! Blue Stone hoot hoot back to you - with this stupid fibro, I am now getting to sleep at approximatelly 7 am every morning so it's a loooong night.