I understand what ya'll are trying to do with the polls... but I'm gonna ask the question... who here besides myself had these symptoms BEFORE* any physical/emotional stress happened>???? I for one have had symptoms since I was 10... perhaps even before that. I had bad bad leg cramps back then and when I was 18, got a folate defiency anemia and almost died with a hemoglobin of 2... My childhood was pretty dang normal. Noone died , no accidents, my parents are perfectionists but I am too so that never bothered me LOL>>> but realistically ya'll... I know I had this as a child. I was the one branded by the doc with "growing pains" and frequently had allergies and colds... its become perfectly obvious to me that I was most likely "born" with it. which leads me to this... I think there may be two kinds... I think perhaps one day a gene will be discovered that carries this disease as a dominant or recessive trait. I also think it is most likely a neuro disease kinda like MS or something. But back to the point of two separate types of illness.. the one who are born with <?> vs teh accquired.... it would make sense to me as a nurse to say that stress ( mostly physical and I mean like surgery or accidents but even emotional types of abuse) is the underlying predominant factor... Perhaps some of us are so stressed at birth that this activates a chain reaction that others get later from exposure to viruses or enviromental toxins etc... I think if we are gonna do research... this is a valid point! I know I've had this since I was very very young. It's sad that noone recognized it to treat and study. I've been told so many times its all in my head! but its in my body LOL>>>> and I know that in my heart..... ok so anyone else have this as a child???????