Allow me to introduce myself my name is Jeff. I am 23 years old. Up until two years ago, October of 2006, I was a very healthy young man an aspiring bodybuilder. I still try to be healthy but it seems like something is holding my body back. No matter how much I eat or lift I cannot gain weight. All of a sudden in October of 2006, I came down with flu-like symptoms. I went to my family practitioner complaining of clogged ears, floaters, muscle weakness, chronic fatigue, headache, and joint pain all over my body. I thought that it was The Flu. He thought that I had mono and swabbed my mouth for a mono test. The test came back negative. Two weeks later I returned to his office complaining of upper sinus infection and trouble breathing. As the symptoms increased he prescribed many different kind of antibiotics. Each antibiotic I took, I experienced weird reactions that he said does not happen when you take that particular antibiotic medication and said I was making them up. For example, I would hallucinate, tingle all over my body, and have severe joint pain, it was so bad I thought I was dying and losing my mind. Then he said I needed to get a job to keep my mind off things. I was a full-time student taking five classes. Finally he referred me to see an ENT and Psychiatrist. He referred me to the Psychiatrist because I requested every possible test. He accommodated me. Nothing came back positive. Every test was perfect. The doctor said that I should not be having the problems that I was experiencing. I began to panic in my mind as of what am I suppose to do, because I had no clue as what to do. First, I went to the ENT, thinking maybe a specialist could fix the problem hoping that would end all my troubles. The ENT then prescribed heavy doses of antibiotics. Each prescribed antibiotic gave me horrible reactions: whole body tingling, major panic attacks, severe left shoulder pain and left elbow pain so severe that I thought I was having a heart attack. The only antibiotic I did not get reactions on was Levaquin. As the infection got worse the ENT ended up doing sinus surgery. But prior to surgery he recommended I see a Psychiatrist. At that time I was in no shape or form to deal with a surgery of this nature. I went to the Psychiatrist and explained all my problems. He put me on lorazepam, two a day, and 100 mg seroquel to sleep at night. Shortly after this I was ready for the surgery. I was put on IV antibiotic for the surgery. The day of surgery was the only day that my ears felt as if they were draining. I had to go back for a follow up after the surgery. But my ears were still clogged. I continued to see floaters, and additional symptoms. My ears remained clogged to this day. The CT scan of the ears and sinuses was normal. As I continued having problems, I contacted a Chicago physician. I gave him my medical history. He suspected Lyme or Candida and immediately put me on nutritional supplements and doxycycline hyclate, 100 mg twice daily. I started taking one a day to work my way up because of the Herxheimer reactions. I was on this medication for more than 8 weeks. I started to improve, little by little. I reached a point to where I felt somewhat normal, but yet so far from normal. It has been so long since I have felt normal so I did not know what normal felt like. To this day I still do not know what normal feels like. At that point, the doctor was going to switch me to ABX but held off to see if I continued to improve. From that point he treated me for systemic Candida. It seems I have come around in a full circle and the symptoms are NOW worse than ever. Over time, I have seen numerous physicians and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and psychiatric disorders. My current symptoms are: • Rashes on body parts (thighs) • Long red lines of raised rash disappearing and recurring • Unexplained hair loss (when I am taking a test I can count about 20 hairs on my paper or when I am reading the newspaper) • Headache, mild to severe • Pressure in Head behind ears • Twitching of facial or other muscles • Stiff or painful neck • Jaw pain and stiffness (TMJ) • Sore throat, clearing throat a lot, phlegm • Double or blurry vision • Increased floating spots (that look like worms) • Pain in eyes • Oversensitivity to light • Flashing lights/Peripheral waves/phantom images in corner of eyes • Decreased hearing in one or both ears • Plugged ears • Buzzing in ears • Pain in ears • Oversensitivity to sounds • Ringing in one or both ears • Diarrhea/Constipation • Upset stomach (nausea or pain) at one point was taking GERD medication (Protonix) • Bone pain, joint pain and swelling • Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow • Muscle pain and cramps • Chest pain or rib soreness • Unexplained chills • Unexplained shaking • Burning or stabbing sensations in the body • Fatigue, weakness • Pressure in the head • Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricking • Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking, lightheadedness, wooziness • Mood swings, irritability • Unusual depression • Disorientation • Feeling as if you are losing your mind • Over-emotional reactions • Crying easily • Too much sleep, or insomnia • Panic attacks, anxiety • Memory loss, Confusion, difficulty in thinking • Difficulty with concentration or reading • Going to the wrong place • RAST allergy test – all negative • Flashing • Daily popping & cracking of joints • Speech difficulty • Stammering speech • Loss of sex drive • Unexplained breast pain • Testicular pain • Unexplained weight loss • Extreme fatigue • Swollen lymph nodes (neck and groin) • Unexplained fevers/drop in body temp. • Symptoms seem to come and go • Pain migrates to different body parts • As of October 2006 "flu-like" illness, after which I never felt normal As a child, I was always in the forest. Our backyard is a forest. Daily one can see deer in the subdivision. It seems on a daily basis the floaters in my eyes look like worms get continually worse. I have been to the ER many times but am assured nothing is wrong and I am experiencing a panic attack. I sometimes experience jerking movements throughout my whole body. I feel that my skin is crawling and often twitching. When put on prednisone by the ENT my left knee and elbow swelled up. Most of the symptoms occur on the left side of my body. Initially I had severe temple headaches. I have been put on pages and pages and pages of medication in which none have helped just made things worse. My joints pop and crack daily. I also get this symptom where it seems someone is turning the lights on and off real quick along with the daily hallucinogens I see. I can provide you with a list of the numerous prescribed and OTC medications. None of these helped me.