Hi, I have been ill for over ten years now and for the last five have been struggling with consultants to get a diagnosis. I have had every test imaginable and have been left with 'well it's not such and such so maybe it's CFS'. I have had to give up work now and have a list of symptoms that all here will be familiar with so i won't go into them unless anyone thinks knowing my list would help. I have been told there is no cure and no treatment; some say graduated excercise will help, some say to stay clear of it. My Mum had CFS for over 3 years in the early 80's and was only diagnosed years after the event. I am suffering from reactive depression as the symptoms are so severe and i'm finding life very hard (although i'm not suicidal). I'm in the UK and my GP just smiles patiently when i say consultants think it's CFS (I'm awaiting a formal diagnosis in the next few weeks) - he's a good GP but not supportive on the CFS issue so I feel i need some input from people who are supportive. Any positive comments will help - I'm left feeling now that i'm doomed to feeling this way and it could last from '6 months to 30 years'. I'm struggling financially and have no prospect of returning to work, I can't socialise and fall asleep at the drop of a pin. My quality of life is nil at the moment and would like something to make me smile again - i like to smile!