Hi. I'm new here. I want to know ... what is the least common denominator to diagonse these illnesses? The doctors don't know what's wrong with me. All the bloodwork is normal. Sed rate is 9 (I'm age 34). Thyroid is normal. ANA is negative. RF is negative. I'm negative on the pressure points for FMS. I presented to my Rheumatologist with a low fever of 99.9 F, so he didn't accuse me of hypochondria like my PCP did. I'm so frustrated because my family thinks I'm just an out-of-shape hypochondriac. I'm very alone in all of this. I'm also frustrated because I used be a workaholic, Type-A personality who ran two optometry clinics. I used to work 50 hours a week or more. Now, I can only work 3 days per week, 24 hours a week. If I work more, I drop. This syndrome started about five years ago with a flu-like illness that lasted exactly 6 weeks. It initially seemed like a stomach flu. My father, who took care of me, told me I looked jaundiced. I wondered if I'd accidently been poisoned through the air vents that connected my optometry office with the garden center of a Fred Meyer store ... you know ... some sort of pesticide toxicity. The fatigue was so extreme that I could barely walk. This was the worst presentation, and has never been this severe since. Thank God! This initial period was followed by six months of fairly extreme fatigue. I was tested for HIV, EBV, Lyme, Cat-Scratch Fever, Toxoplasmosis. All negative. The doctor's last tentative diagnosis was Chronic fatigue secondary to presumed Cat-Scratch disease. (I had history of a good deep cat scratch, and I was tested AFTER the 6wk illness was over, so the titers were negative. To get a postitive for Cat Scratch, you must test when you're at your sickest). Then, it went into remission, although my energy level was never the same as it was before the initial flu-like illness. The fatigue resurfaced, very subtly, starting six months ago. Each month, the fatigue gets worse. More wierd symptoms occur each month. I'm now thinking of taking a medical leave of absence ... to get a final diagnosis and some sort of treatment. My Rheumatologist thought it was Lupus, and not FMS/CFS because of no sensitive pressure points and because I have history of lots of canker sores. But ... ANA is negative, so not Lupus. I have strange sleeping habits. For past two months, I need an afternoon nap. I awoke feeling good, until 1PM. Problems occurred when I needed this nap while on my job. Employers and patients are not to happy with a sleepy optometrist! LOL! The desire to sleep is so overwhelming that I'm nodding off while flipping the lenses in the phoropter. And now ... In the last few weeks, since my first Rheumatology appt, my symptoms have worsened: Since I started forcing myself NOT to take an afternoon nap, I am now in insomnia hell. I haven't slept for four days straight. My whole body feels numb. Canker sores. And I have a strange numb area in the middle of my back around T10, the numbest spot on my body. I'm also rather grumpy because I can't sleep. The mylagic and joint pain has ceased, mostly because of the Naproxen I've started taking. I don't have an Rx for sleeping pills, so I'm taking high doses of dyphenhydramine and chlorpheniramine near bedtime in hopes of alleviating the insomnia. I take two pills of each. I have had little success though. I awake with less phlegm though! I can't sleep, but my sinuses are clearing and I can start to smell things again. I also don't take caffeine anymore. That's not an issue. I'm going to put myself on the Guaifenesin Protocol. The pills should arrive tomorrow or Saturday. I am in healthcare, so I know to be careful. This doctor will just have to heal herself, because no one else seems to be giving me any help. Anyway, what was the bottom line sympom that clenched your diagonosis ... the one thing that made your Dr. say "Yes, Fibromyalgia. Yes, CFIDS." ??? I REALLY appreciate any advice. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!