Hello everyone. Well I've been reading some of the posts on this useful site for awhile and I finally decided to join in. I am a 22 year old class of 2002 college graduate. In my past life one year ago or so, I was student body president at my University and a supremely happy vibrant person who always was dubbed "the energizer." During my senior year I had suffered through a major "flu/viral" episode which landed me in the hospital for one week. I recovered quickly and was 110% within one month. Well, in May I graduated from college and moved across the country with my family. That July I got a bad flu with swollen glands and a high fever. Since that time I've never been the same. I used to exercise for hours at a time and never tire. Well... in August I quit my dream job. Then I figured I'd start taking some classes in the meantime to fill the void. November came around and I had a flu shot--this was a major setback. Doctors initially thought "guillane barre" -Thank goodness it wasn't that. Had to stop the classes in January, just too tired. In any case, I've been haunted by fatigue and muscle weakness/soreness for months. Joint pain in my elbows, knees and wrists appears. I thought I was turning the corner from all of this this Feb. 2003, but on March 1 I suffered a flare up/setback. I went from walking 30 minutes per day and feeling 75-80% to walking 2 minutes and feeling 10%. DOctors have now put me on Doxycycline even though I show no signs of bacteria in blood. They are doing this as backup in case I test positive for lyme. They also say no chronic fatigue because I don't have swollen glands or sore throats. Fibro. is ruled out b/c I don't have pain the 14 points. Confusion! They say it could be a psot viral episode which happens to some people and could last for a year. The Doxy ismaking me feel bad and then good...in cycles. Any comments? suggestions??