I was recently sent to the emergency room and hospitalized. I absolutely detest going to an emergency room. I have yet to come upon a doctor who has taken my ME, CFS, FM, or POTS seriously. It blows my mind at how they behave, especially when the heart rate monitor is going crazy, my blood pressure drops everytime I move my body, and I have fevers, chills, mind blowing headaches etc. How in the world do they just ignore the fact that I actually have these illnesses in the light of everything presented to them in person? This time around I found out after I recieved test results once I was home, that I had reactivated HHV4, 5, & 6 and a natural killer cell rate of 4%! Also we think I had encephalitis. So what did the superhero doctors in the ER diagnose me with? Hyperthyroidism! Yep! Hyperthyrodism! This inspite of the fact that you cannot get a reliable thyroid rate or many other values on a patient with a roaring infection going through their body. My family always insist I go to the ER. I know the symptoms scare them and they feel the best place for me is in the hospital. But, really, I feel the last place I need to be is in an ER full of "book smart" doctors who have no experience with the devastation ME & POTS bring upon the human body. So I am curious. What kind of experiences have you had in the ER or hospitals?