Hi all...I thought I might pose a question to you all and see what you think. I remember as a teen there were quite a few times when I felt this inappropriate urge to sleep because I would be suddenly overcome with exhaustion. I remember being about 17 and I was sitting at a MCDonalds drive thru when this huge wave of fatigue hit me. As soon as I got my food, I parked the car and closed my eyes for what was going to be just a minute. Two hours later a friend of my sister's tapped on the car window and asked if I was ok. She said she had parked beside me an hour earlier and saw I was sleeping so she didnt bother me. She left but couldnt shake the feeling something was wrong and came back an hour after to see if I was ok. This happened a handful of times. I remembered thinking how odd that was to happen as I was so full of energy that day and I slept well the night before. I still have never figured it out but looking back on things I wonder if this is something I always had and it remained latent in my system until I got chickenpox at 29 years old. As a kid I had horrible growing pains. I would scream with them because they were so intense. My mother never took me to a doctor because they were "growing pains" but I will never forget how awful they were. As a young teen thru adolescence and into adulthood I had these sores in my mouth. They were white and blistered but never very painful unless I bit on one. There are so many things that I can look back to my childhood and think...maybe these were symptoms. I was very healthy otherwise. I never missed a day of school until I was in 3rd grade. Throughout my entire elementary and middle school years I would say I missed 10 days total due to illness. I never had mono, even though my EBV shows I have. I had strep a few times but only as a young adult. My mother remembers that I was hospitalized as a baby for something but she cant remember what it was. My point is...could the CFS and Fibro gene or virus be within everyone? Perhaps there was a minor infection decades before we got ill, and our immune system suppressed this virus, but never fought it? There have been studies that show that most of us were very hard workers, type A personalities that were driven. We put in long hours and never let a flu or cold keep us from work. There have also been estimates as high as 85% of us have been sexually abused at one time in our lives. I am sure that if one of us was a mathematician and did a poll that we would all have something in common. I am rambling on and on here. Did anyone else exhibit symptoms early in life that you now think are linked to your DD?