My question - is flushing on the face, neck and upper chest a symptom? For about 9 months I've been doing this. It has a sudden onset and lasts from a few minutes to several hours. My face feels hot to the touch but no fever. I thought at first it was when my blood pressure was very high but I've checked and that isn't it. Has anyone ever experienced this? By the way, I haven't introduced myself yet. My name is Annette and my husband and I live in Charlotte NC with 6 cats and a cockatiel. I haven't been diagnosed yet but I sure feel like I have a lot of the symptoms you guys describe. I have an appt Monday with a new rheumie here in Charlotte and if that doesn't work I have an appt with a doc that HiRiskRN told me about on Nov 7. My hubby is a dialysis patient, for 3 1/2 years now, and is on the kidney/panc transplant list. I have had various aches and pains for years but I blew it off and attributed it to 18 yrs as an ER nurse and age (I'm 53). But now I work as an office manager in an IT staffing office so I am definitely not overworked. In fact if I didn't feel so bad it would be like a vacation. But a year and a half ago I fell down the stairs here at work and it seems like after that the aches and pains are more frequent, in more places, last longer and are more severe. I finally had a cervical fusion in May and things are worse now than even just after the fall. My back and shoulders hurt, I wake up at night with a heaviness in my legs or my arms around the elbow and forearm. And I have an advanced case of CRS. But the very worse part is the fatigue. I am so tired. I feel like a 90 year old woman. I have always been active (not exercising, but a fanatical housekeeper). I was on the go somewhere all of the time. Now it is a real struggle to just come to work. As soon as I get home I take my clothes off and flop on the bed and I'm there until the next morning. I almost never get out of my pajamas all weekend. My house is a pigsty. I thought it was stress and depression at first, but this goes way beyond that I think. Anyway, reading the posts here has helped. At least I don't think I'm crazy now. And although I would rather not feel like this, knowing that there is a real reason for it is somehow comforting. Thank you all and I hope to be around long enough to make some great friends.