I am new. Here is my story. I think I got a parasite infection in Latin America last October. In November and December I got the flu 5 times--I would eventually conclude I was getting sick because my immune system was weak due to dirty water I drank down there. In late December and January, I got severe diarea (sp) doctors believed it was a parasite or bacteria perhaps and I went on antibiotics and antiparasite medicine. In April, I went on Anti-parasite medicine again which I think also kills good bacteria too. That was my 4th cycle. Sometime in the months following, my gastroenterologist said the parasite must definitely be gone and I have post-infectious IBS. I think it was late April, I went to a rheumatologist because of joint pain. He said I had IBD. I did not believe him but I got tested for that. It came up negative. In June/July I went to Seattle to get tested for Allergies from Dr. Wangen a prominent IBS doctor and that helped. I took a battery of tests. I dont have celiac disease. I am allergic to yeast and sugar cane and cutting this out has helped. I am beginning to believe I have CFS. I have joint and muscle pain, head aches, serious fatigue. I cannot workout without being tired for a long time. I get depressed easily. Now I am taking ambien and hydrocodone. It was my last day with my idito rheumatologist. He said I had no inflammation and therefore I should not see him anymore. He therefore thinks my mind feels too much pain for some reason and he thinks I should take an anti-depressant and it might re-harmonize the brain chemistry. "it is all in my head". I am at about a 60 on the scale and I am dropping. What should I do? My biggest problem is muscle pain. I am used to joint pain back when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis ten years ago. (I am wondering about that diagnosis now too) I just want to go to some place that will handle all this. I am thinking ribose will help get rid of the muscle pain. I think I need to spend less time in front of a computer with the light blaring in my face. I want some quick fixes... something to help me catch my breath. I am thinking vitamin injections or something... I am so tired of looking around. It seems as though my problem originated in my stomach. I know this to be true to some extent because I am very allergic to certain things now. I need to get rid of the candida. And perhaps the problem originated in my brain, too. My brain is fatigued and overactive. I live in San Francisco. I wonder if there are good resources here I can quickly go to.