I have been unwell for some time and visiting the doctor off and on trying to find out what is wrong with me. I am beginning to feel like some kind of fraud because all the test they do show "no real abnormalities" but I am not imagining this. I am getting desperate and by sending this to you (and other organisations) hope that I can get some help in finding out what is wrong and, therefore, getting better. I don't expect anyone out there to diagnose what is wrong, I just hope that any organisation for a specific complaint (that sound something like my symptoms) would know more about that complaint than a GP. This is threatening my job (my employers do not find it amusing that I have fallen asleep a few times now at work) and seriously affecting my life. In September of last year (2001) I had Salmonella poisoning. This was whilst we were on holiday in Spain. I had severe sickness and diarrhoea and was in intense pain. I was not aware of time or place and was unable to stand unassisted. The Spanish Doctor I saw advised that I should go straight to hospital. However, I saw another doctor who said it might not be necessary to go to hospital – he gave me three injections and tablets to take; I also had to drink 3 litres of flat coca cola (with a spoonful of salt in each bottle). Since then I have had various problems I have a bad taste in my mouth most of the time. My tongue can be a vivid shade of green or white and “furry”. No amount of tooth cleaning affects this. I have three or four bowel movements a day on average I swell up – can vary between size 16 and size 20 (up and down) during the course of a day. It feels as though my skin is too tight – that it is about to burst – it is painful to bend. My feet can vary between size 5 and size 7 There are days when I have to remove my rings (with difficulty) before my hands and fingers get too big. People can actually see me getting bigger - not quickly but the swelling is noticeable to people who know me. My joints ache. The only joints which do not seem affected are my elbows. The other joints ache in varying degrees not necessarily the same joints to the same degree all the time. Sometimes the ache in a joint becomes pain and I have difficulty moving that joint – it seems very stiff (the worst affected seem to be my knees, hips and left shoulder). My knees are cold. My legs above and below my knees will feel warm (to me and to the touch) but my knees are cold. When I have a lot of pain I start to sweat and sometimes feel sick. I also get muscle ache, mainly in my thighs. I am tired all the time (both physically and mentally). I sleep badly (restlessly) I wake with discomfort at about 4:30am most mornings and try to go back to sleep I usually now give up at about 5 or 5:30 and get up. I am then sleepy during the course of the day and can find it difficult to concentrate or stay awake (I have “nodded off” at work). I try to stay up in the evening until at least 10pm (trying to get back into some kind of normal rhythm). This has been going on for some months now. Even a small amount of exertion makes me physically tired and out of breath. Bending seems to make it harder to breath. None of the symptoms seem to be affected by what I eat, drink or do. I swell up (or not) whether I am active or sedentary, sitting or standing, hot or cold. It is like just “coming down with” or recovering from flu.