Hi All, I always blame my FMS on my back surgery, but am beginning to wonder. After the surgery (which was unsuccessful), I took walks every day. Taking a 10 minute would KILL me. I always told my mother that I felt like I dug ditches all day. I always blamed my fatigue on my back pain. That was in 91. I was diagnosed with FMS in 94. I never really tried to analyze my FMS, but reading this board and others started me thinking about a few things that I have put in the past. When I was in 5th grade I was very sick and missed two months of school. (LOL - I wrote work and had to fix it). I remember my teacher (later) telling me she thought I looked like I had leukemia. I just remember being sick as a dog and going from dr. to dr. I just asked my mother if I was diagnosed with an infection or anything. She says I was on antibiotics but she thinks it was for a urine infection. Also, when I was 19 (1981) I was a phlebotomist in the local hospital for an internship and summer job. One day when I had to draw blood from a surgery patient, the operating nurse gave me the needle back without a cover and she stuck me. The patient either had or was being tested for Hepatitis. I know I went to the ER and was given immuno globulin or something like that. Also, prior to my back injury, in around 1987, I went on vacation to Mexico and came back so very very sick. None of my friends got sick and we all pretty much did the same thing. I was very careful and didn't eat any fruit or veggies or their water, etc. THat was the sickest I have ever been. I am wondering if any of this could be a factor at all in this DD? Like I said, I never thought about it before and none of my drs are aware of this. Not that I think they would think anything of it. Just wondering if you think anything sounds plausible and if maybe it would help me get a dr. to test me for mycoplasmas? I have never really forced the issue with my dr.- but then again, I don't even know if he is aware of this angle. It would be so nice to find a dr. who actually did as much research as I do! Thanks for listening. Would like thoughts. Lynn PS I guess I always put more focus into getting rid of the FMS then how I got it.