Hi all, I hope this can help a lot of you. I like many of you have been to countless number of docs over the years. I have been having a real bad time for a while now and was able to get in with an infectious disease doc. Overall, not to impressed with him but one test in particuliar really stood out. When I got to the lab and the tech explained it to me I was amazed that the 50 physicians over the years never ordered this simple test. It's called a blood culture. Basically, they draw the blood at any Quest or Labcorp and one tube is labeled aerobic and the other anerobic, meaning both kinds of bacteria. They let it sit in the test tubes for about seven days to see if there is a blood born bacterial infection or infections. Considering how sick most of us are, I have never heard anyone on the site nor any of the CFS docs discuss this test. They also can be ordered for viruses, parasites and fungal infections. Although the latter three are not as comprehensive as the bacterial, I would strongly recommend you insist your doctors order the tests. I am passing this on to try to help all on here. If you go to Labcorp or focus diagnostics (part of Quest) web site and type in bacterial blood culture or fungal blood culture, or viral blood culture it will bring up the test and you can print it out for your docs. It's amazing to me for such well educated people how unbelievably stupid and narrow minded Physicians can be. Hope this helps and good luck to all.