I had my monthly appointment with my CFIDS doctor two days ago, and I have been, I don't know, confused I guess, ever since. First of all this is the doctor that finally diagnosed me with CFIDS the first time I saw her. She practices conventional medicine combined with holistic medicine and is board certified in both. When she diagnosed me, she told my wife and I that she had treated many people like me, successfully. It was the first acknowledgment from a doctor that I had had that it wasn't all in my head and that I could be helped. She is not in my insurance policy's group, so I have had to pay from $160 to $250 for each appointment depending on how long she spends with me. Since I got fired I had to change insurance, and the policy I selected has 75% coverage for out of network providers after a $250 deductible. This last appointment cost me $230 so I have almost reached that already. She is treating me with testosterone replacement therapy, a blood type "O" diet, medical food, and nutritional supplements mostly, to the tune of about $800/month. Therefore it has been costing me about $1000/month to be treated by her. The first time I saw her, she ordered 8 vials worth of blood tests and found several things wrong: low testosterone, low vitamin D and B12, high homocysteine, high hemoglobin A1C, and high triglycerides. After getting the results, she put me on her treatment regimen and said I would likely be better in 2 weeks to 2 months. Yippee! Over a period of 2 months, my blood tests all came into the normal range, which I figured proved her treatment regimen was working, but I wasn't feeling much better. Same fatigue, same pressure in head, same headaches, with a new symptom, nausia. After 2 more months the headaches did reduce in frequency, the nausia went away, and I wasn't sleeping as many hours. I thought these were positive signs. After 4 months, I started to get worse. She tested for heavy metals and found excessive levels of lead, and put me on a detox regimen using two other supplements, $80 more a month. It is now 7 months since she started treating me and I'm not really improving anymore, except I only get severe headaches about twice a month now. I have the same fatigue, pressure in head, low energy, that I had when I first saw her. At my last appointment, I voiced my concern over not having any improvement with the fatigue. She said I was probably sicker because of the detox process and had me stop taking one of the detox supplements for the time being. I think she could clearly see that I am getting impatient with my lack of progress. After my appointment was over, my wife asked to see her alone, without me in the room. After we got in the car to go home, I asked my wife what she had talked to the doctor about. She said she had asked her how many of her patients with the same symptoms as me had recovered completely, and how long it took. The doctor said about 95% of her patients had recovered, and it took for 3 months to 3 years. Her success rate seems to my wife and me to be pretty high compared to what we have read about other prominent CFS doctors and their patient's recovery rates. We are both starting to feel skeptical about her, especially with her high success rate claim and my lack of significant progress. My question is do you guys think we are off base in our skepticism? My wife has been feeling this way for a while, and now I'm starting to. We are going into debt financing this and I'm not even sure it is worth it. Any input would be appreciated.