Why is it so common that alot of us get dx with a psychiatric illness first before we get dx with Fm or Cfs?? This is really irritating me. I got sick about 13 yrs ago and was dx with bi-polar disorder. So, I was put on alot of meds. I was in pain all the time, losing weight, couldn't sleep etc. I finally got to a rheumy and was properly dx. The problem is I am really confused if I really have bi-polar or not now. I never had mania but I did have deep depressions. When I go to a new doc he/she will look at my list of psych meds and put me off telling me it is all stress related. I had an undiagnosed leaky heart valve which causes tachycardia for years because no one took me seriously. Finally had a 2D echo which showed the problem. Also, recently got a CT scan with dye because of enlarged nodes in the groin area. Now I am told I have multiple nodules on my liver. Every six months I have to go for another scan to see if they are growing. I am 46 and have been labeled a hypochondriac by alot of my family and professionals. How can a hypochondriac manufacture a leaky heart valve and liver nodules. I am sick of being sick and tired of being labeled a nutcase.