It is worth going to see your doctor simply in order that you have a record made of your current health problems, in case you should need this for future benefit claims. I have found out the hard way that if your medical notes don't mention something, as far as officialdom is concerned it doesn't exist. You could go to ER and die twice, but without paperwork they'll expect you at work the next day...
If you're lucky and get a clued-up doctor who does know something about the subject, he will at least be able to rule out a lot of other possible causes for your chronic fatigue. Severe fatigue comes as part of a whole host of disorders - diabetes, which is also characterised by frequent urination - MS, leukaemia, all sorts of things both major and minor. So there are tests that can and should set your mind at ease regarding these, and also others that may at least provide evidence of immunological abnormalities.
If the worst comes to the worst and the doctor does nothing but raise your blood pressure, you can always go down the alternative/nutritional/lifestyle therapy route after seeing him/her. But at the least, I'd certainly be thinking about getting tested for diabetes as frequent urination is such a hallmark of that disease.
Whatever you do, please let us know how you get on. Any help you need - we're here ! (When the viruses etc aren't having a good day.... )
FMS = Fibromyalgia ? If so, yes, muscle pains are one of the most common symptoms of CFS/CFIDS?ME. I would expect/hope for a gradual, long-term improvement rather than a sudden big one. From what I've seen in myself and others, CFS-type disorders never seem to have a cure, just lots of little treatments that add up to a big improvement over time. Rather like a besieging army not actually killing the other side's general, but just gradually weakening the garrison until a surrender happens.
O.N.L., keep us posted on how you're doing, and remember - of all the auto-immune disorders, diabetes is probably the one with the most promising new treatments in the pipeline - experimental therapies have been able to get some patients to start producing insulin again...
Hope the summer where you guys are is drier, warmer and sunnier than ours here in Scotland...
Typically, CFS is diagnosed by exclusion, ie ruling other things out, - not by identification by any one specific test. So if he said this test was definitive, you now know that your doc does not know the most basic fact about CFS - always handy to know ! In practice, what you need to do is run a whole battery of tests, usually with a lot of resistance from your doctor who will take a lot of convincing that fatigue can in itself be an illness.
Have you looked at the older threads here and followed up the links to useful websites ?
Sorry, the internet cafe's closing, I'll track down some more info for you soon (ish) on diagnositc symptoms...if you can try a search on the "M.E. Association" in the UK.
Keep going, this too will pass.
Post Edited (FamilyGuy) : 6/14/2005 8:34:15 PM (GMT-6)
Cheers ! My time has been so limited online I haven't been keeping up over there.
If you see him, please let him know I'll catch up tomorrow. (Only got a minute or two today.)