It has been suggested to me that if I didn't have CFS, I was susceptible -- my lifelong hairdresser has CFS and, having witnessed my whole life, thought that I had it several years ago. I've just started researching it again because of how tired I feel all the time. Not to be a skeptic, but I don't want to be a hypochondriac and assume that my chronic fatigue is actually "Chronic Fatigue." I definitely have frequent difficulty keeping my thoughts moving and speaking clearly -- people often get frustrated as I try to very slowly explain something. My father is like this though, so it also could just be an inherited trait. This has caused professional problems for me as I feel like I am not communicating clearly enough. Of course then at other times, when I'm feeling more awake, I talk a mile a minute. And I'm tired a lot. A lot. I sleep at least 9 hours every night but really don't feel rested unless I get 11. Even then, sometimes I get really tired and foggy/slow during the day. I don't have sore throat or really noticable muscle or joint pain (I've always had knee problems and some achey joint stuff, but nothing debilitating -- I just think I have my family's predisposition for arthritis). I do have lots of lumps/nodules in my neck glands. These started to accumulate when I got mono in college and since then, I get more after a cold or flu. My hairdresser pointed to the mono, the fact that I have persistent allergies (manifested in a post nasal drip), and that I had very bad chicken pox, shingles, and a couple of cold sores as a kid, in combination with my need for lots of sleep and sleepiness during the day in spite of it. I do have a doctor's appointment in a couple of weeks but am reluctant to bring up my questions about CFS. If I do just have a general need for more sleep than normal people, I don't want to go through lots of expensive testing only to find out that I'm a hypochondriac (which I already know to be true). I'm just wondering if in this long list of symptoms and in my self analysis, there is anything that could rule out CFS. Any thoughts, advice would be much appreciated.