February and March 2005 I had mono, tested positive for the flu, had bronchitis and a sinus infection. I was off of work for 6 full weeks. During the spring and summer I felt better, though would easily tire and slept in on weekends as well as a nap on most evenings. In August '05, a friend and I joined CURVES and I believed it would help my lack of energy and hoped it would boost my immune system. It seemed I had a sore throat often during the summer, though I blamed it on allergy drainage. In Sept. my knees hurt terribly and I stopped going to CURVES. As long as I didn't overdo, my knees were a mild ache. 2 weeks before Thanksgiving I thought I had a crick in my neck. I was unable to turn it left, right, up nor down. I had difficulty at work, driving was painful and sleeping was very, very difficult. During Thanksgiving week my husband and I went on vacation. It was somewhat better when we came back home. During one week in December, it was not painful at all, and I felt fine, other than not sleeping well and the never ending tiredness. The sleeping problems had been persisting for approx 5 months or so. The week prior to Christmas I had another sore throat. By Christmas weekend I was in bed, felt like I had strep throat, and the muscles in my neck, shoulders, biceps, upper thighs and the muscles down each side of my spine were very painful. I walked slowly, had problems doing the slightest thing, and was weak as a kitten. On Dec 27 my doctor took me off of work for the full week. Blood work was done and she suspected strep throat. Was given antibiotics and Prednisone. I had fluid on my ears (chronic for me) and such pain in my muscles. She also thought I was having residual mono symptoms. Since I am a mental health therapist, she knew I had a stressful job and needed bed rest for the rest of the week. The following week I felt better, though still suffering from extreme tiredness, as usual. Sleep wasn't going well and I begin noticing that brain fog was just as bad as it was when I had mono. I lose words.... I have to point, describe, anything to find the right word I want. Blood work came back with an ANA of 1:640 and SED of 22/20. Normal tests were uric, CBC, RA, strep and Creatin protein. She Rx'd anti-inflammatory meds, muscle relaxers and a mild pain medication to take prior to bedtime. I was given a referral to a rhemy. In January, the rheumy does the same blood tests. She stated she didn't think I had arthritis, Lupus or anything... said we would see what the tests showed. Last week I returned for my results at visit #2. My ANA was up to 1:1280 and SED was 22/20 once again. Other tests, including CPK was all okay. This time she says she doesn't think there is anything wrong. "We see high ANA's all the time and there could be nothing wrong. Someone in your family history may have had Lupus." I am suppose to continue taking my meds, do 12 weeks of aquatic therapy and go back in 8 weeks. She said she thought my muscles were tensed and I was fatigued because I was sedentary and when I try to do something, I tire easily, telling me it is a vicious cycle. I am not happy with this at all. The ONLY thing I got out of the appt was she said I had arthritis in my knees. Other than that I tried to explain that I was NOT sedentary, that I worked, had 2 step children and I do MOVE. I just do not exercise because of muscle pain. I have 2-4 good days then 2-4 bad days. No answer as to why my ANA doubled! I have went to part time as of last week because I was unable to work all week, as I would end up in bed the entire weekend, just to be halfway okay to go back in the following week. I had missed 8 days in 6 weeks because of fatigue and pain. My husband, a physician (a psychiatrist) asked the doctor if she suspected fibromyalgia. The doctor almost had a heart attack, it seemed. She announced that it was NOT fibro, though she had not done anything to discount any symptoms of it. Other than being concerned about my joints, my muscles seem to be a lack of her concern. Going back in 8 weeks, with NO further tests, just aquatic therapy, seems odd. Okay, y'all give me some pointers, tips and personal advice, please! Any suggestions on further questions for her, tests, anything! Oh, and due to my insurance, I have to have a referral from my primary doc.