Just reading these responding postings, there really is a great book here. The lady who has had fibro ( or whatever immune system destroying or compromising disease this is ) for 14 years and who at the same time has had to deal with and defend her own sense of sanity much of that time is a story that is just so incredibly powerful, dramatic and emotionally sad. And it's all true! To think that someone could suffer that much for 14 years and at the same time have to defend their sanity constantly to the medical community as well as family and friends is truly a horror story. Where is Louis Fletcher? And then to be vindicated after all that but still be left with an unyielding pain filled life for the rest of her days. Whew, like I said, there is a book here. Many of my postings have also tried to expose what I found to be this same shocking and scary fact of down-playing and psych-pushing in my search for diagnosis, treatment and care in my middle sized and medically limited community. I have repeated my story and this message enough times now that a few responders here are so tired and irritated with it that they have actually asked me to accept the fact that maybe ( to some degree ) I "am" mentally "not right." And that maybe accepting chemical treatment for this wouldn't be a bad idea. Obviously, this works up my sense of sanity survival and right and wrong and trust in my own common sense and of who I am and have been after 50+ years of living in this ole body of mine. Sorry, but I'm going to continue to speak up about what I see as a widespread American medical community injustice here; The spirit crushing down-playing and disacknowledgemnent and the humiliating psych-pushing. And if I don't it sure doesn't look like too many others will...and it will just continue on. And sorry again, but I am personally not bi-polar and I am not taking anything other than anti-anxiety meds thank you. And I wouldn't take these except that I find no other way to relax my unbelievably tense body when my daily attacks occur and do this to me. My point over and over in my postings has been to highlight not only my nightmare experience with a disease so much more painful and exhausting and scary than I ever dreamed ( beyond anything I ever imagined before I ever got this ) but more importantly to expose the over-all bad and unethical treatment and care I have received from the medical community I live in when I have gone to them to help me diagnose and deal with this disease. And the treatment like this of too many others with these same physical conditions. As I've mentioned so often and I feel I should, that the worst part of this treatment and care is when the doctors start down-playing what you have and are complaining about, quit looking for physical reasons to explain and treat you, and your own mental health and sanity are suggested more and more as a much bigger factor in your complaints and ailments than "they think" you want to believe. When you are being down-played and pressured to question your own sanity while at the same time desperately suffering, trying to cope and looking for help with these painful, emotion draining and effecting and life changing diseases, this turns a sad experience into a nightmarish one. This psyche-dumping of immune system diseased patients is so flat out unethically wrong and so common, it is a shocking, tragic and bad sci-fi horror movie injustice in my view. It goes so against the ethical codes and oaths doctors are asked to honor when they receive their licenses and degrees, it's an almost criminal cop out. A cheap, irresponsible one that just adds even more incredible stress and suffering on to patients already suffering greatly from these diseases. And an injustice that is begging to be exposed! What person, who suffers often the kinds of complete body pains and other torturous ( yes, at times truly torturous and scary and exhausting ) symptoms that we do...would not eventually break down emotionally from all of this? What person in this situation wouldn't feel anxiety and depression on a major scale after going through this for years and also feeling as if real cures might not be there for them? And what person after being treated like a mental case by doctors who have a rushed factory assembly line business practice and just want cases like ours to go away and who are about as compassionate as a car mechanic, wouldn't finally show some anger from all of this? More and more my postings and all of yours are clarifying a scary scenario that is real and has taken place far too long and often in this supposedly ethical and greatly advanced medically educated country of ours. And that is the widepread mistreatment of people who come down with these torturous immune system damaging diseases. And I will fight to speak out against this and to defend my sanity in any way I can whether it be by posting here or writing letters there or calling in to radio talk shows here and there. To tell people in our society as much as I can, that these diseases are that bad, they appear to be increasing, and that those people who acquire these are too often wrongly down-played or dismissed or being told they suffering more from psychological problems than physical ones. But you can take your bi-polar and any other psycho-babble excuse diagnosis's and shove them. It's time to quit purposely pushing Fibro, CFS and other similarly diseased people into the psyche-gulag which is essentially a version of the cold war Soviet Union Gulag. Complain too much and too strongly and you are gone. If we can't find out what is wrong with these people, and they complain too much and they act too anxious and emotional and depressed and demanding ...lets just get them over to the psych people. Maybe they can make them see they they are mentally more out of it than they want to believe, and we can drug them into a more tolerable less complaining state. So often this what it boils down to. And if you don't see the tragic truth of this happening, you just don't want to face reality. I understand helping victims of these diseases with pain meds and even anti-anxiety meds, but when these doctors shove your treatment almost completely into the psyche area like this and " do it out of their own personal frustration and irritation" and in a condescending even insulting manner to boot ( look, you're crazier than you know!" ) it's time to get outraged and courageous, it's time to get mad and speak out. And it's definitely time to take a whole new look at victims of these diseases and how we as a country view and treat them. What we need actually are seperate clinics and treatment centers where people like us can not only get the specific care we need without having to go through 20 doctors and years of exhausting seperate piece meal tests...and most importantly, that we can be treated by staff members who have been educated in our diseases and who not only believe us whole heartedly about our complaints but that also "want" to work in these environments because they truly care about patients like us and truly feel and share compassion with us. Someday, someone is going to write the right book about this whole sad and even scary experience of being a victim of these diseases and the too often horrible treatment one can experience in seeking caring help for these from our American Medical community.