Hi there, I'm Cara. I'm 45, recently self-diagnosed with CFS as my doctor gave up and sent me away, scratching his head in wonder. I had two years of "migraines" which never behaved like migraines (lasted no less than a week, often 5 weeks, eventually last year it became permanent; never less than 3 out of 10 in intensity, often 7 out of 10). Over the last 2 years, I had bouts of fatigue and weakness and low blood pressure (70/40) and other complaints that were odd. Then in June my body just gave out, I got so weak and tired, and my head felt like it would explode. Several trips to the ER ensued, with no results of course. I finally was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, with a TSH of 10.5, and when that was corrected with Synthroid, I expected to feel all better, but I didn't. I was so weak I couldn't muster the strength to go downstairs to eat, nor the interest in eating; I lost 15 pounds, now weighing 100. My muscles burned like I'd run a marathon if I simply raised my arms above my shoulders or walked up the stairs. I had tinnitus 24 hours a day, and the pain in my head was intense. I was dizzy and unsteady on my feet. I was forgetful, easily confused. I felt like any stimulus was enough to overwhelm me as my head was filled with so much noise and internal craziness already. Anyway, blood tests and doctor visits have ruled out other problems, and my primary care physician, an osteopath, has finally given up, saying I should see an internist to continue to try to find the cause of my fatigue and weakness. I signed up with a new internist, having high hopes, but when I mentioned chronic fatigue, he rolled his eyes, saying in essence that CFS is not a diagnosis but something you tell a patient they have if you have no idea what else might be going on, like "oh, who knows, maybe you just have chronic fatigue syndrome." He wouldn't even consider it. He said I'm probably just depressed. Well, yeah, after talking to him, I was. I've tried ginseng for some energy and thought for a bit it was helping, but now I'm doubtful. I think I was just having a "peak" in a disease full of peaks and valleys. I haven't worked since July; I am now officially unemployed. Anyone know an empathetic doctor in the East Valley of Arizona, or for that matter anywhere in the metro Phoenix area? I just want a doctor who understands the disease and would evaluate me for it. I'm just a shadow of myself. I wake myself up repeatedly all night groaning, just because everything hurts, not outright searing pain but unending discomfort and pain 24 hours a day. Oh, and I also have had oral thrush for 3 months now, unresponsive to Diflucan and two series of Mycelex troches. I'm now on Cobra insurance which costs over $300 a month and my mom has to pay it since I don't have a job. Boy, don't I feel grown up?! Help from anyone would be most appreciated. Thanks everyone.