I a more than twice your age. I was just diagonosed after five years of thinking I was depressed and along the way found out I had meduallary sponge kidney (which causes kidney stones & uti's, which I thought caused the bone crushing fatigue) diverticulous (kind of a bulge in your large intestine), hiatle hernia, a stroke (don't know when, so guess it's not big deal, trigger finger (joints get stuck open/ close) and thought I had dementia plus a total imsomniac (I fall asllep and 15 minutes later I had wide awake then when I do sleep it is only until about 2 or 3 a.m. and on and on. None of these things were causing my problems. It was FIBROMYALGIA. Although glad to know there is a "reason" I too am scared. I thought I would eventually get better and go back to a real life. If you did the research like I did you probably saw tons of "negative" stuff. The answers you are receiving are the most positve I have see out there! I am glad to see not everyone feels doomed. Trial & error does work because although I did not know what was wrong I soon figured out what worked (or not) for me. I would go to doctors and tell them what I wanted. Let your body tell you not the doctors, they can be intimidatingand tend to go with the "norm". Everyone is different. I found "welbutrin" the best and I am going into a trial for Milnacipran http://www.immunesupport.com/Library/showarticle.cfm/ID/4471/HealthWatch/HealthWatch-Summer-2003. We all have to believe "this too shall pass"