Hi, I am new to the board and this will be my first post. I have learned a lot from everyone here. I hope this doesn't sound mean but it feels good to hear all of you talking about the same symptoms I have but could not get a doctor to listen to me or even take the time to narrow it down with tests. I guess a person can't really relate unless thet also feel the pain we feel almost daily. I have had this illness for many years (probably the late eightys) but was not actually diagnosed the first of 2005. The doctors would always just give me a muscle relaxer and maybe some motrin and say I should feel better in a few days. One doctor actually said "he couldn't see the forest for the trees", whatever that was supposed to mean. So for many years I just gave up on all doctors. My problem is getting the doctor I am seeing now to give me something to help with the pain and the fatigue. She keeps saying I don't need pain pills since they are a downer and with my depression it could make it worse and I don't need anything for fatigue since I could become addicted it. I think to myself then why am I coming to you every month if you refuse to treat my symptoms. What is the use. Please help me, how do I expain to my doctor the hell I am going thru and I would prefer addiction over the pain and fatigue I feel on a daily basis.