In my never ending effort to live within my microscopic budget, and thinking about all the money wasted on trying this test or that supplement to find something that will lead me to feeling better, I was thinking about how in the 80's when I had giardia the Dr told me the test for it was not reliable and suggested that since I had all the symptoms, and other possible causes had been ruled out, why not just go ahead and treat me for it. So we did, and I got better. Recently my Dr said she wanted be to have blood test for mycoplasma & chlamydia pneumonia as many PWCFS have them and I have symptoms that make her believe I have them. The problem is I can not afford the PCR test, which leaves the test thats not reliable/sensitive and often results in false negative, AND I cant really afford that one either..........and since it seems like there is a lot of overlap with the treatment of the various things that invade our bodies, why not just treat for the m.&c. pneumonia? My thinking is if I get a negative we will then be faced with the same question......should we go ahead and treat it and see if I get better?