I believe I have suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome for the past seven years, but my doctor doesn't seem to want to diagnose me. Here's my story: When I was 20, I was diagnosed with celiac disease (a diagnosis I also really had to fight for). I had been working in a bakery (front-of-house only, serving customers) since age 16 and was always sort of vaguely ill-ish. But then, at age 20, I moved to the kitchen of the bakery and started baking. Over a period of about seven-ish months I became shockingly ill. I'm sure this will be familiar to all of you... I lost WAY more weight than I could afford to, I lost all of my friends (I was far too exhausted to socialize), all of my hobbies - my life was reduced to the bare minimum. My routine was: drag myself out of bed at 4am feeling awful, work from 5am-1pm (I would hit a wall at 10am every day and just make it to 1pm through sheer determination). I would have to take a 45-60 minute nap at work so I could drive home. At home, I would go straight to bed (or I'd try to read, which would put me to sleep within seconds), wake up to eat something for supper and then go straight back to sleep. I could barely think. Everything was foggy. It felt like my brain was frozen... you know the feeling your face gets when it's really cold and your mouth and chin muscles don't work properly? It felt like that, but more so. Once I caused a car accident because I just stopped being able to process what was going on, which was terrifying. I also remember that my blood sugar would bottom out like *that*. I had to have food on me at all times because I could go from fine to having a hypoglycaemic attack within literally one minute. After I quit my job, I went on disability for a couple of months and just slept constantly. After that, I started working about 10-15 hours a week, as a professor's admin assistant. I certainly got better from my "rock bottom" but I have never felt that relief that seems so common to celiac patients... "After going gluten-free, it was like night and day! My brain feels clearer and I have so much energy!" Instead, for me, the last seven years have been marked by periods of trying to do things I used to be able to do, overworking myself, and crashing. Right now, I have what seem to be clearly CFS symptoms: a clear bill of health from my doctor, extreme fatigue including post-exertional malaise of 1-2 days (both exercise/work and too much mental stimulation), joint pain with no swelling, chronic neck/shoulder/head pain, unrefreshing sleep, brain fog, what else, I can't remember haha! I went to see my doctor, and he said, "Everyone's fatigued! If I had a cure, I'd be a rich man!" Which, I understand there's no cure for CFS. But after feeling like shit and wondering if *I* was the problem for seven years, I just want a diagnosis for why I feel this way. He does seem understanding when I tell him that exercise makes things worse, not better, but he doesn't seem to want to come right out and say he thinks I have CFS. Has anyone on here experienced this? What can I do (I live in Quebec)? Do you think I might be wrong and not fit the bill for CFS?