Has anyone heard of a SPECT Scan? this is a fairly new, but very grounded, cutting edge, diagnostic scan of the brain to determines brain function and our behavior that follows in direct response! One Doctor explained to me: "it's like doing open heart surgery...with the scan they can see everything, how the brain functions, where it is and isn't functioning, and often what medications need to be used to enhanse the section of brain that is or isn't preforming correctly. I think this is Sooooo interesting! (They can determine EXACTLY which medications are needed by the area of the brain and what it shows on the scan!) I have been doing some research. It seems pretty concrete that most CFS/FM people were very high energy folks prior to getting sick. I also have been reading up on mood disorders that can come along with alot of illnesses (or even been present prior too being sick but we were able to keep them in check.) As I read the disorders I noticed all the different types of attention deficit disorder (and varying degrees of it), which, if you think about it, is something we all are now suffering with to one degree or another. (ADD does NOT mean you have to be hyperactive by any means) The book I have read by Dr. Daniel Amen, descibes how different areas of the brain become inactive or overactive with increased or decreased blood flow and how our physical symptoms reflect in a direct corralation. Please visit www.amenclinic.com I have noticed alot of people saying they are taking ritalin and now providgil to give us the energy to get up and concentrate (similar to how they treat ADD). I have begun to wonder if there may be a corralation to an overactive brain to begin with...that became burt-out and is somehow tied into the screwed up brain chemicals that are causing a host of our symptoms (possibly.) Could it be these negative chemical responses are resposible or add to the cascade of problems that follow? God, I hope I'm not rambling here....ANYWHO...I have paid to have this "grossly" expensive testing and brain scanning done to see what my brain is showing. (I'm so desperate and tired of not feeling well.) I asked the Doctor what she thought about this theory for CFS/FM and she said they have also thought that there very well may be a connection like the one i mentioned to CFS and may soon begin brain scanning to see if there is a corralation!!! WOW! (I offered to be a ginnea pig!) I will be talking with the Doctor/researcher (Dr.Amen) who developed this state-of-the-art brain scanning/testing and wrote the books on it....I'm planning to "pick HIS brain" heehee, no pun intended! (Fortunately his center is located very close to me,can you beleive it... he is known world wide!) The reason I wrote all of this is to hopefully be able to share a new insight. Don't know what will come of it, but it is very interesting. At the very least they can teach therapy to enhanse the particular area that may be affected. The scan evaluates,anxiety, depression, subtypes of ADD, OCD, brain trauma, cognitive decline, memory problems, dementia (now there's me, LOL) aggressive or violent behavior, brain effects of substance abuse, behavioral problems, ect. Hope this made some sense. If anyone is interested I will share the results when all the scanning is complete. Please check out the website and take the test online...it will help show the area of your brain that may be having problems! www.amenclinic.com Maybe I'm jumping the gun, but hey...ya never know! I would love to hear what anyone else thinks of this theory. Susan B.