I recently read about CFS and began taking a deeper look into some "episodes" I was having and realized that there is a definate correlation. I believe I have had CFS for at least 2.5 years and have in fact been to the same dr. 6 times for unexplained sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, shoulder pain, general achiness, muscle fatigue, insomnia and numbness in my hands. I went today with my amunition in a folder - the symptoms and my timelines. He said I may be correct, but was going to treat me with Augmentin for the throat (although he didn't do a throat swab to see if it was viral or bacterial), Paxil for (well I am not sure, but he said he could see I had stress in my life), an x-ray for the arm numbness, ambien for the insomnia and look into a massage therapist for the shoulder pain, but told me that he didn't believe these symptoms were related to one another. I have (in the past three hours) changed my physician and made an appointment with another. How did you all convince your dr to even consider CFS to do a thorough exam. Oh - 2 years ago this same dr. kept testing me for mono and Epstein-Barr, but came up negative several times. Any suggestions, the symptoms are beginning to affect every part of my life. I have read so many of your posts and they really hit home for me. Please help!