Hello everyone, I've been lurking around the board for several weeks now, reading all your posts and learning a TON from all of you. So now I've decided it's finally time to join the group! Anyway, I'm in my mid-20's, been dx'd for a little over 3 years, been sick for around 4 years. I've tried almost every treatment known to man without a whole lot of luck. I'm just finishing up with a treatment that involved lots of exercise along with Duragesic patches to mask the pain. (BTW, it didn't really work for me--too many side effects.) I'll tell you more about myself later if you'd like to know, but right now I have a question. I don't really remember when it started as far as my fibro history goes, but when I push my body too far, either a lot of pushing in a short amount of time, or gradually doing too much with not enough rest over a longer period of time, my body gets to the point where it almost decides it's had enough and shuts down. It's kind of hard to explain because I rarely remember anything when it happens and have to rely on what others tell me. They say I'm usually in tons of pain, lots of muscle spasms, stiffness, that when I do talk, I make no sense whatsoever, and there are also periods where I appear almost unconscious. These 'episodes', as we call them, can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. I've talked to lots of drs about them and they either look at me like I'm crazy or tell me they've never heard of such a thing. So I'm hoping that maybe one of you have had similar experiences or can give me some insight as to what's going on. Thanks so much for your help!