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Gary - October 13

For the past 4 years or so, I have been "working with the flu". That's the best way to describe it. Five years ago, I had "the year from hell" at work. In a foreign country (middle east), startup computer program in a startup institution, the director from hell, poor living conditions, and at the end of it, a diagnosis of high blood pressure, and the onset of general pain. Went through 4 different BP medicines, thinking that was what caused it. No change. Treated for gout. Nothing. My symptoms are something like fibro, but not exactly. No pressure point pain, no irritable bowel syndrome, no headaches to speak of, easily fatigued, strong and able to work physically but sitting for long periods causes general pain. Air conditioning seems to worsen pain, and I seem to be colder than others around me, but my extremities are warm. Working a computer mouse and keyboard causes extreme joint/muscle pain, especially in my right wrist. Working out with weights fatigues me easily, and I feel like crap for the next few days. No motivation to do anything physical, but once I get started, some days I can work for several hours, and other days, I'm fatigued in an hour or less. Every test so far says I'm in great shape. Blood, kidneys, liver, heart, EEG, ultrasound, I think they are running out of tests. I'm the healthiest miserable person around. BTW, I had a triple spinal fusion (3 vertebrae) about 10 years ago, and have a metal bar and 3 screws in my lower back. This causes terrible pain in my legs if I sit for long, so this is explainable. I take 20mg of Valium a day to prevent muscle spasms, and familial (inherited) tremors. I go for another test (I forget what) this week. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Any ideas?


Cheryl - August 7

Gary, read the mail in the subject line titled "FMS without neck and shoulder pain". There's a lot of info exchanged between ARVEE and me which talks of trying dietary changes just to see if there's a connection. Also read "Reply to ARVEE, site not working" for continuation. May not help, but it can't hurt, right?


Gary - August 8

Thanks, Cheryl,
I'm in a tossup between chronic fatigue syndrome and fybro. Maybe I'll find out something Tuesday. In the meantime, they say that whey protein is good for CFS, so I'm trying that. Your discussion with Arvee was good, but I hate diets. I know-- if I want to avoid the pain... But I'm trying the other first. Actually, candida makes sense, but my guess is that the whey protein might just feed it; so if it gets worse, it might narrow down the diagnosis. I have to look at the ingredients. Actually, it was a spur-of-the-moment purchase, after reading about it on the CFS forum, when I saw it on special at WalMart. Hey, I'll try anything at this point. But I sure hate to give away some of those yeast-feeding ingredients. Actually, thinking back, my symptoms seem to have actually gotten worse when I was on the South Beach diet, which basically eliminates all carbs, so it makes me think that I've already tried at least cutting back on the bad boys. (I was dieting with my wife and daughter.) Sounds more and more like CFS. Thanks for your help. I'll try it if this doesn't work, or tell you if they find something in the next 2 weeks.


gg - October 12


Jean - October 13

Have you thought about it possibly being Myofascial Pain Syndrome? Look it up on the Internet.



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