Hi everyone. I'm new to these message boards, so I haven't been following the topics that much. I also don't have a whole lot of info about CFS. I know that it's a disease of "exclusion", meaning doctors look for everything else, first. I know there is no "test" for CFS or Fibromyalgia. First, I've been tired for many years. I'm almost 29, and that's too young to be tired. I'm not obese, I don't smoke, and I don't have children. I'm tired if I sleep 7 hours a night or 10 or 11. I'm tired if I exercise vigorously, a litte bit, or not at all. I'm tired if I'm on the couch, if I'm at the computer, if I'm at work, or at a loud concert. I'm tired if I drink milk, a glass of wine or a large coffee. I'm tired at 6 a.m. when I get up for work. I'm tired at noon when I eat lunch. I'm tired at 4-ish p.m. when I'm leaving work. I nearly fall asleep at the wheel driving home most afternoons. I have been tested for hypothyroidism...(I have many classic signs of hypothyroidism)...negative. It was assumed that I had "Wilson's" disease (you may not have heard of it, but it's a thyroid condition, too.) It turned out that I had too much T4 hormone to possibly have "Wilson's". I've been tested for anemia, Lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and other stuff that I don't even remember. All results were negative. I'm on Wellbutrin and Zoloft for depression. I was tired before I took them. When I took Paxil, I was really tired. I was switched to Prozac, and I had intense anxiety and nausea. I was switched to Wellbutrin alone, which did nothing. Then, I was given Zoloft, which helps the depression, but may cause or add to fatigue. My GP gave me Wellbutrin on top of it because she feels that it helps to lessen the fatigue caused by Zoloft. I'm still tired. I don't have the "muscle aches" that others often have with CFS/Fibro. But, I do have very tight "kinked" muscles in my shoulders and neck. I have terrible TMJ, and have been to physical therapy to help that. My insurance won't pay for any more physical therapy, so now I'm stiff-jaw again, and take Advil continuously. I get tension headaches that extend from the shoulder/neck pain. I don't have swelling or migraines or arthritic symptoms. I have tried CLA for energy. I've tried Ginseng for energy. I've tried caffeine, sugar and diet/energy pills with ephedra for energy. Nothing really makes a difference. I hear from family members that I'm "just a tired person" or "You should exercise more". (How can you find the energy to exercise when you're falling asleep at your desk?) The endocrinologist told me there is nothing wrong with me. The GP thinks it's the Zoloft. The homeopathic doctor thinks it's something emotional from my childhood, and prescribed Sulfur, which did nothing. Nurses think it's my low blood pressure (90/60). The endocrinologist also says I'm hypoglycemic. Sometimes I take glucose pills when I'm going to faint from hunger. Oh yeah, and I'm always hungry....and I'm a vegetarian and yes, I get enough protein and iron. I eat veggie burgers/peanut butter/soy products galore, and sometimes fish. I don't know what all of this means, but since you are all familiar with these diseases and are much more knowledgable than myself, I figured I'd post. I'm just tired of being tired. I'm sick of being unheard. Do you think I have CFS? I know you can't "diagnose" me, but what is your honest opinion? I appreciate any info/support anyone can give me. I'm going to start on a journey to find a doctor near me who believes in CFS. It's got to be my problem. Everything else has been "excluded". Thanks for listening. Signed, "Nodding off in New England...."