Thanks for comforting messages! I felt freaked out and isolated. It is after reading about others's sufferings that makes me realise that there are so many of us out there. There is an excellent book which I keep with me at all times. It is called 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - A Treatment Guide' by Eric F Verrillo and Lauren M Gellman. It explains all the symptoms in details. To Stacemarie: Concerning the oesaphagus tightness (I had this for months and months two years ago), they advise a muscle relaxant and avoid carbonated drinks, acid foods, foods that are too hot or too cold or any other food which could cause esophageal spasms. Sudden changes in temparature eg. hot shower, can trigger this. Emotional stress can exacerbate this problem. Calming tea such as skullcap or valeriam can be used. Recommends drinking 2 oz of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of appled cider vinegar. Dara: yes, I do have tachycardia almost daily but not panic attacks. They occur spontaneously up to 150 bpm (rarely 200), after eating, or minimal exertion. I cannot take any medication although I was offered propanolol (beta blockers) because I have allergies and am very sensitive to medications. I have tried accupuncture for these. I also use an accupressure point inside the arm, and it seems to keeps the palps from going further than 120 bpm but it could be just a coincidence. Hippen and Donegal: agreed about lack of oxygen, whether from pulmonary/respirator problems or the heart. I do take my BP daily. It fluctuates from 97 to 108/70. Suddenly shoots up 180/90 or shoots down to about 80/60! Previously to falling ill (end 96) BP was 120/70. Oh well, that seems a long time away. The book I mentioned in the 2nd para is truly excellent. It describes the symptoms very accurately. Unfortunatley, I can relate to all of them, because I have all of them all at once but with varying degree of severity. The only symptom I cannot remember being mentioned is generalised pain to the point when even a strand of hair on the cheek becomes unbearably painful.... Otherwise, it has certainly helped to know that these symptoms we are experiencing are indeed medical and no, we are not imagining them. Also, the tips and medication advised either allopathic and alternative are excellent. I suppose that living on my own does freak me out when the nastier symptoms appear. It is too easy to imagine the worse...... This message board is simply wonderful as support network. Many thanks. Kooky.