Hello, My name is Maria, I am a 41 year old woman, and Iam married and I have five children, first born were my four daughters, and then I had my son. My husband and I have been married for about 19 and a half years. My children's ages are from 18 yrs to 5 yrs old. I am very very glad I found this message board! I have read some of the postings and I have been very encouraged already! I am wanting to actually find some answers and I think I may have come to the right place because alot of the things that I have been reading from the message boards that people are going through are similar to what I have been going through. You see I was a very active person before I became pregnant with my son, from that pregnancy I was really sick, and I haven't gotten better, or back to what I use to be like. I go through bouts, or episodes of total exhaustion, and with it comes weakness and chest pains and circulation problems especially on my left side, tingling in my feet and hands, dizziness and wanting to pass out, then i end up in bed for several weeks, not being able to take care of my family, they actually end up taking care of me. Then when I do get better, I have to pace myself, can't do a heck of a lot or I end up in bed again. I sit on the couch for several hours not able to do any daily activity, showering takes so much out of me even brushing my teeth! Having to tell my son I can't play with you right now mommy has to rest. I try and try again to exercise but then I get another bout of exhaustion,and the cycle goes around and around again! I have visited alot of doctors trying to find out what is wrong with me, they take tests and they say everything is alright, I don't understand it, I ended up in the hospital one time because I felt like I was passing out and then my husband phoned an ambulance because my speech was becoming slurred, but the emergency doctors did alot of tests and sent me home because they said nothing was physically wrong with me, my husband then took me to a walk in clinic, and the doctor there said I was just having a panic attack, yet when the ambulance had come to the house they said I was low in oxygen. My brother got me in to see his family doctor, again HE did alot of tests, the only thing that come back not normal was that I had a high inflamation level, but HE finally referred me to an internist because he thinks I have Chronic Fatigue. I am still waiting though to hear from the internist office, it has been about six months. I guess what I really want to know (and see if I can get some feed back from everyone) is....is this really Chronic Fatigue? I haven't really gotten any other type of diagnoses. Sometimes I think this is all in my head, and I don't have anyone to talk to that really understands what I am going through, everybody avoids asking me how I am now, because I'll tell them exactly how I am doing and I think they are tired of hearing it all. Sometimes when I am feeling good I will think maybe I am not sick after all, but then I overexert myself and I get another bout of sickness again, and end up in bed. My husband thinks that I just have to come to terms with it. I guess it's really hard for me to say that I am sick, and I am not the same very active person that I was. That is the hardest! I also go through alot of pain with the bouts of exhaustion, alot of flu like symptoms, right now my neck is hurting and the pain just won't go away. Anyways, I would really appreciate some feedbacks, I just would like to know what's going on, and praying that the internist's office will phone me really soon, so perhaps she may have some insight on this? Oh another thing that really gets to me is that people will say they get tired BUT it is not the same tiredness! And I haven't mentioned all the brainfog too!!!!! Looking forward to hearing from everyone!