If there is one thing about this condition, the conveniently misnomered "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" (It should be renamed Myalgic Encephalmyelitis) it's that when you're fatigued and you over-do it...you really end up feeling like crap. I feel nauseous; practically sick to my stomach and I've got little tingles in my arms and palms of my hands. It's hard to describe. What I end up feeling is that I have no energy at all to do a damned thing with. And on top of that it's frustrating when someone asks me to do something and I don't even have the energy to complete one single task and then I get really pissed off when I get b*ed at "for not getting what" they "want done". Well, it's really tough when you want to get something done, but your body just doesn't want to co-operate. And I've gone from doctor to doctor and they just want to keep doing blood tests. And I find the more I end up getting blood taken from me, the tougher it is to bounce back. There's been times when I've been incapacitated for days on end. And what's even more frustrating is the fact that this month is one where I have to get as much done as I possibly can with regards to packing. I have NO choice whatsoever. I have to do whatever I can to the best of my ability and wear myself out over this next one and a half weeks and get this done so that I can get enough rest before the move and completely get it over and done with. I'm a photographer by trade and unfortunately, my business has gone to part-time because when ever I do a shoot, I'm wiped for two-three days after. Even on my best days, I'm walking around in a daze because I'm still pretty damned tired. I have pain in my forearms. I am lactose intolerant. I drink milk and I feel like I'm about to puke or I get a stomach ache. I've had to drop out of a web-design program because I can't think. The only reason why I can seem to keep photography knowledge: regarding f/stops and shutter speeds straight in my head is because it seems to be intuitive knowledge. I've done this pro-quality work without having to pay money to take a course on it. The last time I had to take a course on photography, I gave up because the instructor was confusing the hell out of me. Anything that involves studying doesn't help me much at all. The muscle pain and the fatigue are the most irritating symptoms out of this problem. And yes, there are days that I've been unable to move from the bed, because I've been so tired and in pain. Three years ago, I took a fall down a set of steps and impacted my back in three places, no bones were broken but there's been nerve damage and that has exacerbated my fatigue and pain symptoms. There are days when I ache all over, not just from the ME, but from the symptoms related to the fall as well. I've been bounced from doctor to doctor and they just keep doing blood test after exclusionary blood test because they can't seem to friggin' believe that there is no diagnosis. I seem healthy by all my blood tests yet they can't figure out why I'm in pain and why I'm fatigued. Or maybe it's just because they're not doing the right blood tests. And what really pisses me off is that they tell me "Oh, maybe you're just imagining it." Yeah? Well, how about living in my body for a day or two, maybe a week...and then tell me if I'm imagining things? I've been living with these symptoms for well over 24 years (ever since I had the measles at 14) and they just seem to be getting worse, at least the fatigue symptoms, the pain and the "brain fog" that I seem to be constantly in. My list of symptoms: fatigue Mental ('cognitive') difficulties such poor concentration, reduced attention span, poor memory for recent events, difficulty to plan or organise your thoughts, difficulty 'finding the right words' to say, sometimes feeling disorientated. Sleeping difficulties: Too much sleep, too little sleep, and definitely UNABLE TO SLEEP. Pains - most commonly muscular pains (myalgia), joint pains, and headaches. Intolerance to foods: Lactose Intolerant, and I'm also intolerant of bright light and loud noises, it jars my senses. Gut symptoms similar to those that occur in 'irritable bowel syndrome'. For example, excess, wind, bloating, alternating diarrhoea and constipation, abdominal pains, nausea (feeling sick). Gut symptoms similar to those that occur in 'irritable bowel syndrome'. For example, excess, wind, bloating, alternating diarrhoea and constipation, abdominal pains, nausea (feeling sick) Now, Health UK (and I'm reading this off of there) has stated that my symptoms (based on my self-assessment of them (due to personal experience) are of the mild variety and considering what I have stated in the above paragraphs, it's pretty accurate. you can care for yourself and can do light domestic tasks, but with difficulty. You are still likely to be able to do a job, but may often take days off work. In order to remain in work you are likely to have stopped most leisure and social activities. Weekends or other days off from work are used to rest in order to cope. And as a result of taking time off: I ended up fired from work because I missed too many days sick becaues my immune system was compromised. I've come down with many respiratory illnesses since my bout with measles. (bronchitis, strep throat, etc etc etc). Now whenever I walk down to Superstore or Safeway, or if I walk up to my wife's work (which is a fair distance away (try about 4 miles), I'm wiped for damned near close to a week and the first two days, I can barely get out of bed. I'm tired of feeling this way and I want a definitive diagnosis if I can get the medical community to quit jerking me around and treating me as if I have some sort of psychosomatic/mental disorder.