I accidently put this in the wrong place and it should have been a new topic. I've had these weird flu symptoms since at least September where I just feel crummy all the time. For a long time my normal temperature was like 97.4 then lately since September it's been like between 99 and 100. I keep going to the doctor and they have given me antibiotics a few times, but I just can't seem to get better. I have diabetes but the doctor has gotten than under control and I still feel terrible. My energy level has about totally dissapeared. I can get the enery up to do something, then I really pay for it by feeling worse. I've bee warned at work about taking too many days off. It's really been affecting me for the last few months (since around September). I'm a violinist in one of the symphony orchestras here in the Phoenix area. Up until about 6 months ago I could practice 2 1/2 to 3 hours, no problem. It requires that much practice to play in the orchestra, but because I love to play, it was nothing to play that long. It was fun to me. As of late I can play 1 piece of music on my violin and I feel like I've been lifting too many weights or something. I'm very disenheartened because I've had to discontinue my volin studies and I hope to just temporarily take a leave of absence from the orchestra. Losing the one thing I like to really do in life is bad enough, but I'm also concerned about now not being able to provide for my family. I had no clue what Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was until today. Also my muscles get very sore and my joints get achy (different joints, just like the list of symptoms describe). We had a 3 hour rehearsal and by the time it was over I was hurting all over. The doctor has ruled out lupus and (valley fever), a local disorder in the desert. My wife asked me today to read on the internet about CFS. I thought she was saying product fatigue syndrome, but nothing came up but about CFS. I read about the symptoms and I thought "Oh, my God, that describes me". I also read stories about people who have CFS and I could relate so well. I just had a short term disability claim turned down because the doctor can't say what the diagnosis is. And, by the way, I also have trouble remembering things on a continuous basis like I'll be in a room and think of something I need to do and go into another room and I can't remember what I went in there for. This happens a few times a day, not once in a while. I'll go to the store and then can't remember what I went there for. I have to make lists for just a few things. I'll forget what key the music I am playing is in if I have enough energy to play. I just had to vent; because frankly; I'm feeling desperate.