Hi there, I joined this site to browse the board but have been moved to post by the fantastic collective knowledge and battling spirit of everyone here.I am 25 yrs old, male, and was diagnosed with CFS last week, having been ill for 6 months. For me it all started with a very very strange viral illness that had a build up of about 6-8 weeks of feeling 'strange' followed by what the Doctors were convinced was acute Glandular Fever caused by Epstein Barr. Turns out i have never had Epstein Barr. All tests have been negative but I am currently awaiting results for HHV-6, which I had to battle to get tested for and I am sure it is the culprit. My girlfriend caught whatever it was from me and has been ill for 4 or 5 months but at a much lower level, she was only off work for 3 weeks and now only suffers mildly. The reason I had it worse I believe is that I was an athlete training 20-40+ hours per week, very intensively. It is well known that such training is bad for the immmune system, ther e have been many studies confirming this. I have virtually given up on the NHS (I am from the UK) and am instead learning as much as I can about the immune system and various pathogens. The attitude of my GP, who is very nice and sympa but clueless, is that CFS is a 'mystery' so I should go home and wait it out! No chance, there is a cause for this, probably different for each individual but a cause nonetheless and I'm damned if I'm going to sit back without at least trying to help myself. I am fortunate that I now have the mental clarity to do this, I understand very well why many people with CFS would struggle with this as during the first couple of months of my illness I could not read a newspaper or follow simple plots on TV soaps which was a bit of a shock! I can now read as well as before and can even play the guitar and piano again which is nice. My symptoms now are fatigue and crazy lymph nodes everywhere, on a cyclical basis. Lysine seems to be the one supplement that helps, maybe CoQ10 does too. Will be trying transfer factors soon, and if all else fails (and HHV-6 is confirmed) I will try the Valcyte and hope the side effects are ok for me. So I just wanted to say hello as I have found it very helpful browsing the boards - I feel extremely trapped by this illness and it's a relief to know i'm not alone. It's also eye opening to learn how bad it gets for some and uplifting to see people battling against it. Hopefully I will be able to contribute something too!