Hi all.......... Decided to describe my experiences with the medical community over the past six years. I began 6 years ago with severe irritable bowel syndrome, followed with extreme fatigue, memory problems, cognitive dysfunction,intermittent balance problems and off and on painful episodes involving different parts of my body. At my first Dr's visit the Dr. thought I had some sort of intestinal parasite and so, sent me for a stool sample. Nothing found. Next .... referral to a Gastroenterologist. 6 month wait! Oh! After interview with Gastro. .... he recommends colonoscopy. 6 months wait again for colonscopy. Results ... nothing wrong there. Conclusion of Dr. nothing wrong so go away! Total period with no answers so far 1 year. After suffering with bad gas(Flatulence) which ruined my social life and caused me unbelievable humiliation in public & social functions, work etc. Again I approach another Dr. for help. This time Dr. thinks food allergies. Puts me on a cave man diet. No milk products, grain or sugar or other carbohydrates. Boy! was that diet rough. Result nothing ! Refers me to another Gastro. Wait another 5 months to see him. Sends me for more stool tests... results nothing. Wait another six months to get a full colonscopy and gastroscopy(down throat). Results nothing! Total period with no answers 2 years now. Still suffering. Meanwhile being treated for a suspected intestinal yeast infection.(candida) Tried nystatin, ***azole, wild oregano, olive leaf, etc No difference. Get reservations at the hospital for a liver biopsy, takes another 4 months for a time slot. During operation, which is basicly inserting an enormously thick needle into your side and coring(like an apple) a piece of your liver which is the sent to a lab to check for disease. Nothing there! The best part of that experience was the fact that I went into the operation in a flare and was suffering from Neurally Mediated Hypotension(low blood pressure). Well just when the Dr,(poor bastard) was pulling out the "Apple Corer" I passed out as my blood pressure crashed, Well the panic was on as they thought that they had punctured my lung. Not fun for me as when I came to I had 4-5 Dr.'s around me sticking more needles etc into me etc. As soon as they got my blood pressure back up I got the hell out of there! So, Gastro gives me prescription for digestive enzymes, as he says, that it's probably your pancreas not functioning properly. Strange thing... they helped... still taking them. Total period no answers 3 years. Still suffering in silence. One day at 4 years into this nightmare, I'm going to my Gastro for my regular visit and just happen to have what I thought was another flare up of my back(degenerative disk disease). He sees me and notices how much pain I'm in and immediately refers me to another specialist, a rhumatologist. 6 months to get appointment.......... Well, here we go again..... Although this woman(DR.)was very kind and sympathetic I'm back on the blood tests, x-rays, etc I'm first on Vioxx but that didn't agree with me,so I switched to Celebrex.(on that for 2 years) then switched to Bextra. Those Coxx 2 inhibitors worked good for controlling my pain but did little for my other symptoms.(Fibromyalgia) Then one day I wrote down all my symptoms on a sheet of paper and handed it to my Rheumy. Well guess what! A final diagnosis of Fibromyalgia! Halleluyah! I refused to take narcotics, so she put me on Neurontin what a great drug for Fibromyalgia. But, now am on a newer version of the same kind of drug called Lyrica and its working great. Total time 6 years in LIMBOLAND! I'm just grateful to have a final diagnosis! My guess is millions of people don't ever get a diagnosis. What a shame!