It seems there are a lot of people diagnosed with FM or CFS who end up with this "infectious soup" (loved that term! don't remember who used that, but I read it on here) for blood and body. Is there any way we can start a list of what ALL of these opportunistic infections might be? I am just starting out on my journey to identify which opportunistic infections may have invaded my poor body, and I have started with viral testing, although I plan to test for all that I can. So far, I have popped as positive for the following, at least as "recent or past infections": Adenovirus Coxsackie B1 Epstein Barr Herpes Simplex I & II Cytomegalovirus Varicella Zoster I am still working on identifying on what else I should be tested for. I know some of the others I still need to be tested for include: Lyme (not sure of all the bacterias associated with that one) Chlamydia Pneumonia Mycoplasma I think there are others, but through my fibrofog, I can't remember them. This thread is not meant to be a debate about Lyme one way or the other, so please do not even start that here. I am interested in compiling a list of things to test for that others can use on their journey as well. Also, as far as immune deficiency goes, does anyone know what tests can be done to identify whether there is a immune deficiency that is allowing these opportunistic infections to invade? I would like to have my immune system looked at, since I know I do have some viral issues, but am unsure as to what can be done to see if it is working correctly. I think most doctors just look at your WBC, but that doesn't tell you if something is hiding in your body or if your body is just not reacting to it, does it? I'll add another post probably tomorrow with the other viruses I plan to be tested for. Just can't think right now. Migraine. Yuck. =) The whole chicken and the egg theory is very interesting to me, as I wonder whether the Mononucleosis (EBV) I had when I was 16 left me open to everything else, or whether it was reactivated by something at a later time. I have a feeling that my FM stems from something like that, but I know I DO HAVE fibromyalgia. I just wonder what the underlying cause of it is for me, since as of yet, doctors cannot definitively tell us that X, Y, or Z causes FM. All they can tell us is that we have it, and they do not yet know why, as there are different subsets of people that seem to have it triggered by multiple things.