Went to the family GP today, have been having some problems with my chest, tightness and horrid heartburn. He asked if I had trouble with stairs and I said yes, but, that probably had more to do with my CFS then my heart. I saw the look on his face and asked him politely, " you dont believe in CFS do you?" to which he replied " Oh I believe you are chronically fatigued but not with what they choose to call CFS" He seemed like a fairly nice man so I asked him "why", to which he replied," I have been a doctor for 33 years and this thing has come and gone with many names". He proceeded to give me a list of the ones he could remember. He then went on to tell me that he believed it was more a case of a mental state then a disease and thought anti depressants are the best cure for it. I asked about aids and the fact that it took dedicated people a very long time to actually determine what it was, all I got for that was "well, that's different. I touched on the MXRV virus and he replied, "well you would be better versed in that then me, but, wasn't it epstein barr for a very long time, and then lyme disease and oh I love the new one Multiple Chemical Sesitivity, what is that,? we all have something that bothers us" To be fair, I was willing to keep an open mind( I try to do that now and then), but then he blurted out that even Rhuematiod Arthritis is more a state of mind, at that moment I pictured my sister with her feet and hands twisted and riddled with the disease and that brought me back to reality. Oh how I wish I could put this Doctor on a panel of people more versed in the subject then I! So to this I say, " Thank you to the men and women who strive to find a cause and a cure or even a treatment!" It means the world to people like myself who just dont have the words, knowledge or the energy to go up against this disease! Yes Doctor!!! I said "DISEASE"