I am SO BEYOND frustrated!! For 3 weeks I have been battling yet another infection. Is it normal btw with FM/CFS to have all these bacterial infections? I've had several strange, unexplainable infections which have landed me in the hospital several times over the past year. One even went into blood poisoning. Anyway...3 weeks ago I had this horrible swelling start where the parotid gland is, along with pain and intermittent low grade fevers. When I went to my family dr. she suspected a parotid stone and prescribed Cleocin which is an antibiotic. I had JUST finished taking Keflex for cellulitis in my leg. That took some of the swelling down but only a little. Last week she sent me to an ENT who was nothing short of a quack! When discussing my medical history he totally blew me off and maybe its just his personality but he spoke to me literally like I was a 5 year old. He didn't want to prescribe another antibiotic because he didn't want to add a yeast infection to the mix. He said just to continue with moist heat, push fluids and rest and all would be fine by today. NOTHING has changed and in addition to all that its now somewhat numb going down the jawline along with a tingling sensation almost to my throat. I've been trying to call their office all morning. First I get someone who does nothing but takes a message. Then someone calls only to say the dr is in surgery and will have to call me back, so I'm getting nowhere fast. I know if I go to the ER they'll run all their tests so they can make a buck and tell me to call one of my drs back for a followup. Add to all that the fact that I am hurting EVERYWHERE right now. I didn't want to get out of bed for nothing today, I am SO tired I can't stand myself! Even stretching is miserable. Walking is miserable, you name it. I've been off work with this for 2 weeks so now I have to apply for short term dis. through my employer again which is a whopping 60% of my salary. I'm already in dire straits financially, getting ready to lose my house to foreclosure and probably having to move back to IL sooner than I had planned and I wanted time to get through the sleep studies and get a concrete diagnosis before changing doctors once I get to IL. When will all of this stop?? I feel like I'm caught in a downward spiral and I'm so overwhelmed I don't even know which end is up right now.