Hi Jelly, I always blame my FMS on my back surgery, but am beginning to wonder. After the surgery (which was unsuccessful), I took walks every day. Taking a 10 minute would KILL me. I always told my mother that I felt like I dug ditches all day. I always blamed my fatigue on my back pain. That was in 91. I was diagnosed with FMS in 94. I never really tried to analyze my FMS, but reading this board and others started me thinking about a few things that I have put in the past. When I was in 5th grade I was very sick and missed two months of school. (LOL - I wrote work and had to fix it). I remember my teacher (later) telling me she thought I looked like I had leukemia. I just remember being sick as a dog and going from dr. to dr. I just asked my mother if I was diagnosed with an infection or anything. She says I was on antibiotics but she thinks it was for a urine infection. Also, when I was 19 (1981) I was a phlebotomist in the local hospital for an internship and summer job. One day when I had to draw blood from a surgery patient, the operating nurse gave me the needle back without a cover and she stuck me. The patient either had or was being tested for Hepatitis. I know I went to the ER and was given immuno globulin or something like that. Also, prior to my back injury, in around 1987, I went on vacation to Mexico and came back so very very sick. None of my friends got sick and we all pretty much did the same thing. I was very careful and didn't eat any fruit or veggies or their water, etc. THat was the sickest I have ever been. Also have had a very infected subcutoneas cyst that I believe was infected for many months. I kept swelling right below my neck big time. It finally turned red. It caused lots of pain. I had it lanced and the dr. (who sang F. Sinatra songs throughout), couldn't believe I could stand all the pain. He thought the amount of pus was extremely large volume. He couldn't believe I didn't jump off the table when he injected me. I, of course, replied that I am used to being in pain constantly! I am wondering if any of this could be a factor at all in this DD? Like I said, I never thought about it before and none of my drs are aware of this. Not that I think they would think anything of it. Just wondering if you think anything sounds plausible and if maybe it would help me get a dr. to test me for mycoplasmas? I have never really forced the issue with my dr.- but then again, I don't even know if he is aware of this angle. It would be so nice to find a dr. who actually did as much research as I do! Also wondering about hypercoagulation. I need to be checked for hepatitis and lyme. Sorry if you don't want to reply. It just seems like you are in tune to losts of this stuff. If you don't mind, I would just like your thoughts. Thanks for listening. Lynn PS I guess I always put more focus into getting rid of the FMS then how I got it.