This is my first post. My health has been declining for about a year and a half, and I am having trouble getting my doctors to take it seriously. Whenever I go in, it is for some new symptom, and all the doctor seems to see is the symptom in front of them, without (it seems to me) taking the necessary step back to view the whole pattern. I'm posting here because my neurologist has just sent me home with the tentative diagnosis that my problems are psychogenic in origin. Whenever I mention chronic fatigue, I get the sense they don't believe in it (as though it's the tooth fairy or an all-powerful God that you either do or don't believe in), or they say: "but the primary complaint in chronic fatigue syndrome is fatigue" so that cannot possibly explain X, Y, or Z. I have no idea whether CFS is the best diagnostic bin for me, but no one I talk to seems willing to consider it. In brief: A year and a half ago I traveled to Africa and was sick almost the whole time with various ailments, including malaria. January 2011: Came back and was in bed for three weeks. Don't exactly remember what the feeling was, but was just very tired and "slow" February/March: High fever (103 degrees) that lasted for 4 days before finally breaking, total fever lasted 6 days, total length of flu was 10 days, followed by a week of: dizziness (had a hard time walking from the bedroom to the bathroom without holding on to something), extreme exhaustion/fatigue/weakness (there is no good word for it). The kind where I have to choose between taking a shower or writing three emails, because that's all I'm going to have energy for that day. Go to the health clinic and they tell me the dizziness is probably the result of an inner ear infection. Total time in bed: 17 days. Also had sore throat. No cold/sniffles, etc. April: A sore throat, followed by dizziness and "must lie down and not move"-ness. Total time in bed: 10 days May: Sinus infection. The worst pain of my life. Treat with antibiotics. Better from sinus infection in 5 days. Then have 7 more day so dizziness and "fatigue". Total time in bed: 12 days Summer: Perfect health October: Flu-like symptoms (fever/sore throat) but no sniffles. Once I get over the flu (10 days), am dizzy & weak for 5 days. Total time in bed: 15 days January 2012: Am traveling and suddenly become insanely sound sensitive in a loud restaurant. It was the most bizarre experience of my life (although I've been saying that a lot lately!). Go home, sleep, next day have a sore throat. Am generally weak, but not as bad as other times. Total time in bed: 7 days February: Come back from traveling. Get a mild sore throat on a Sunday and feel a little run down, but keep working. By Monday I'm feeling much better (sore throat almost gone). Then the next day I feel dizzy and weak and like I must lie down. This feeling persists for the longest it ever has. Total time in bed: 18 days March: Am at a restaurant. Suddenly, realize I cannot sign the check. I cannot move my hand. Over the next several days, experience right-sided numbness, inability to write properly ("forgetting" how to write certain letters of the alphabet, etc.). Then have some pretty severe aphasia, moments where I blank out (lasting up to 3 minutes) and cannot remember the name of anything in the room, or any English words, or what my name is. Return to a state of preverbal thought. Later start having headaches. MRI comes back clear. Am diagnosed with atypical migraine. Total time in bed: 7 days May: Start feeling a little funny about a week ago. Then feel dizzy/"fatigued," in the usual way, for 3 days, then have massive pressure/headache in my head that feels like a proper migraine (the time around did not) and am somewhat sensitive to light. The next day, aphasia. Then the next day, right-sided weakness/numbness. Start having a hard time moving toes of my right foot. This improves, but I am still, today, walking with a slight limp. Mild headache throughout. Total time in bed: 8 days Prior to this last year and a half, I'd get a cold once a year and the flu once a year. I'd get a headache *maybe* once a year (I never get headaches). Total time in bed in last 17 months: 115 days, or 22% of my life. I've had to drop my classes and am considering taking medical leave next year. If I were in the real world, I would have been fired from my job by now, have no health insurance, and be completely screwed. I miss the days when I'd get sick the normal way: stay in bed for a day, then get up, move on with my life, get to bed early, but ultimately, keep moving. Doctor #1: It's normal to be sick 5-6 times a year Doctor #2: CFS is predominantly about fatigue, so it cannot explain your neuro symptoms Neuro: There is nothing neurologically wrong with you. Your issues are primarily psychogenic in nature. So now I am seeing a psychiatrist they recommended. HELP!