Hi folks, I started a thread last week about my reluctance to accept the possibility of a CFS diagnosis because of a couple of aberrant lab tests. I now realize that lots of PWME have as many, or more, abnormal tests than I do. It brought another question to mind which I couldn't find discussed previously and for that reason I thought merited a thread of its own (please delete this if there was such a thread which I couldn't find) I'm sure that many of us have the gut feeling that something is seriously wrong with our bodies (and there is!), but we also have the concern, when we haven't received a better diagnosis than CFS, that the doctors could be missing something potentially treatable, like a clearly defined infectious disease (for which there is a curative treatment available), something which, if not diagnosed, could be rapidly fatal, or any other disease which we wouldn't want to miss. For those of you that have stopped searching for answers, what made you decide that then was the right time to give up the diagnostic journey? Did you feel that there wasn't any more testing that you could have done, or specialists you could have seen? Or, in the absence of answers from the medical establishment, did you feel the need to dedicate all your mental and financial resources towards trying to attempt to treat yourself? Did you run out of money to dedicate towards medical needs? Or did you simply become fed up with the whole rigmarole? I'm in the 'want to move on towards looking to a cure' bracket, but there's still the gnawing feeling that I need some more testing (I've had relatively little beyond basic PCP level blood work).