Hello everyone. Holiday greetings from the UK ! After a 6 year battle, I was finally diagnosed with CFIDS yesterday .. and it may be surprising that I am actually relieved at the diagnosis! You see, for many years I have been suffering from constant pain, blackouts, pain, exhaustion, pain, brain fog, etc etc etc and I have been told it was everything from hypochondria, anaemia, MS, complications from Neurofibromatosis, and had a scan for a possible brain tumour. I have even been told by my own doctor I was depressed and needed to 'get a life'. !!! (Needless to say I have now changed GP's) Looking back on my medical history I had Glandular Fever about 28 year ago (at the age of 14) and have never really returned to complete health since that date. True, for months at a time I would be almost normal (if there is such a thing) but then a viral infection would set me back and I would be almost bed ridden from the pain. I have had to bring up my two girls on my own, (one of whom is severly handicapped, but that is another story) and even somehow put myself through university to gain a degree in Web Design. (I am still wondering how I actually managed that one!) Now at least I have a name to this DD and that will make it easier to fight. Nothing s worse than trying to fight an invisibe enemy. I know there will be bad days when I am not so certain about actually winning or even surviving the day, but at the moment, (despite the pain) I am feeling quite optimistic about the future...... Only one problem ... how do you explain to other people exactly what CFIDS is??? I would be grateful for any suggestions ... All the best for now .. Carol Vine BTW .. I have had to proof read this posting several times to check for typos .. guess this is just another side effect of this DD !! !