ARE OUR BRAINS responsible for our PAIN and ILLNESS?? I recently ordered the book: Betrayal by the Brain and the companion guide off of Amazon. Not cheap books but worth the read and very thought provoking!! But of course Dr. Goldstein has now retired... I am curious if any of you have read this book and are aware of any physicians that have carried on this research?? Dr. Goldsteins research has found that patients with CFS and Fibromyalgia, ETC. have altered brain function due to damage of the Limbic System, from some sort of infection. Lyme, EBV, HHV6, Herpes viruses, CMV are all mentioned. Dr. Goldstein uses a variety of vasodilators and had amazing results within minutes ... right there in his office. His work was very involved and specific and he tried many different medications on his patients until he found the one that the patient responded to. I have been ill for 35 years and I have chased every theory and cure possible. NOTHING has worked... I get worse each year... I am currently on Rituxan and at 14 weeks. If I am not noticing a decrease in pain by 22 weeks I am going to beg Dr. Kogelnik to explore this very profound book and theory with me, as I feel intuitively that this IS at the CORE of the severe pain I experience every minute of every day... It makes PERFECT sense when you read his book and read the case studies. He explains all of the crazzzzziness we all experience...theorizing that the limbic system is no longer regulated causing everything to malfunction... My father in law had severe spine pain for yearrrrs. Had 3 back surgeries with no luck and was taking Oxycontin for pain. He later had a stroke and is partially paralyzed - but interestingly he has NO MORE excruciating pain in his back!!!! I find that intriguing! I hope that in posting this that I find others who have read Dr. Goldsteins research and can tell me what you have learned or if you know of a physician who has clued in!! If no one else has read this book...I hope a few of you order it and we begin a discussion on this very very intense subject!!! Fight On!!!