Sorry for the long post, I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience (or similar confusion) to share, so here goes... My 10+ year medical history has been a nightmare, with different diagnoses depending on what each new doctor believes in. I was bitten by a tick when I was 10 (23 now), treated with a normal coarse of antibiotics, started having joint pain and breathing problems when I was 13, then psychiatric problems for years. Then I got mono and refused to rest (stupid overachieving teenager). Following that I struggled with every symptom under the sun (including actually being allergic to the sun!) for years, missing 80 days of school my senior year of hs. I was diagnosed and treated for chronic Lyme for a few short months, then when insurance refused IV antibiotics I was sent for 2nd, 3rd, and 82nd opinions during which it was "there's no such thing as chronic Lyme," a diagnosis of CFS with years of unsuccessful (and expensive!) treatment, then finally Fibromyalgia which I only have severe allergic reactions to all the treatments for. I spent my last few years of college refusing to seek treatment, and somehow those were the least stressful years of my life (I was still nearly debilitated but without the added stress of doctors and tests and side effects, I felt less like a lab rat and somewhat like a human being with some worth and dignity!) Now, years later, I'm the worst I've ever been, no social life whatsoever, my life is nothing but doctors, tears, and part time volunteer work. I'm seeing a LLMD (again!) in a few weeks and so confused. Is this all Lyme? Or am I grasping at straws? If anyone's had a similar experience, and had any insight or input I would really appreciate it. My head is spinning with research articles and symptom lists and blood results and I have no idea what to believe anymore. All I know is I'm miserably sick and cannot live my life this way.