I was diagnosed with CFIDS and Fibro approximately 8 yrs. ago (COPD and Emphysema 1 yr. ago) . I was still working (a lot of 18 hr. shifts) at the time and laughed both of them off as 'old age'. I'm not laughing anymore and I have read the postings here. About 3 months ago I came down sick. I had absolutely NO energy--I could not stand up without stopping to rest, I could only sleep 20-30 min. at a time, every muscle would cramp up, no appetite, the pain in from my feet and hands was often excruiating. This went on for 12 weeks. I feel better, but I still don't have the energy to walk 10 ft. without resting. And the 'vibrant' aching I have in my neck, shoulders, back and particularly my legs--I am eating excedrin like candy. I have only been in TN for 4 months. When I mentioned Fibro and CFIDS the dr.s that I went to during that 12 wks. looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language--then they would actually LAUGH and tell me I was just 'getting on in years' and told me to 'go home and take a few aspirins'. I have always worked (Deputy, WA) hard and kept myself in good condition. I have checked the internet to find a fibro dr. around here--3 on the list their offices are closed. When and if I find a dr. in this state that specializes in Fibro and CFIDS, what questions have you asked the doctor so they can understand the over-whelming sensation of pure and utter exhaustion to the point that you are past frustration at yourself? I suffer from severe migraines and take 1600 mg of ibuprofen a day. What medicines have worked best for fibro patients? How long do these 'flare-ups' last? I mean they will ease up after awhile, right? Thanks for listening. I am willing to try anything at this point.