I want to make my long story short. I began this 2002 with a terrible respiratory infection. I got very sick while in Phoenix visiting my sister. I was taken to a hospital and told it was a viral infection. I got progressively worse. When I came home to Iowa, I was told I had a terrible bacterial infection. I fought the infection for over 6 weeks. Two weeks later I came down with Bell's Palsy. I was put on anti-virals and my doctor recommended I see a Rheumatologist because of classic symptoms of either fibroymalgia or CFS. He diagnosed me with fibro. This fall I became very ill with sinus infection (which is normal for me). The week before Christmas I became very ill with severe pains in my side. I was given a CAT scan and found to have a very infected gallbladder, also loaded with stones so underwent surgery. Two days after coming home from the hospital I developed a bad case of shingles and am still receiving treatment. My question is this: I know that no test can confirm fibro. I do know that I have been given Neurontin for nerve pain for Shingles. I do not have sore muscles any longer. I realize it can be the Neurontin helping the pain. Or it could be I have carried such a low grade infection for a long time that I did not have fibro but infection. I am seeing my doctor tomorrow. I wonder if there are certain blood tests I can be given to determine infection (besides a white count - which, by the way was extremely high prior to the gall bladder coming out). I am perplexed beause I do have other symptoms of fibro: daily headaches, IBS, acid reflux, etc. Had my thyroid removed 5 years ago due to Hashimoto's. I currently take Estratest, Synthroid, Celexa, Nexium and Neurontin, plus various things for pain when I need it. I appreciate all help - I read this site daily, but have never posted. I have learned a lot and would love to hear from you folks. It's cold and snowy in Iowa!!