The first few years I was sick, beginning in 1985, I often felt like my spine was bruised. If I pushed on the area right next to either side of my spine, it felt the way a bruise feels...painful, tender, and kind of mushy, if you know what I mean. This feeling went the entire length of my spine and on both sides. It was such a pronounced feeling that I would often ask my boyfriend to look for bruising there, because it seemed like it just had to show up. But he never saw any actual discoloration. I've always wondered about that symptom. I was so overwhelmed by the illness the first few years, I only went to a doctor a few times, and I never remembered to mention that symptom to him. Has anyone else here ever experienced this? It did go away, I think after about three or four years, as I got a bit better, and has not come back during relapses. Just wondering if others ever experienced this.