Hi, I'm looking for opinions/insight. I've been sick since 1997, after a nasty cold turkey withdrawal from Klonopin. I had "only" been on the drug for 6 months. I was hit with a ton of symptoms that match CFS, but also match protracted withdrawal syndrome. I saw Dr. after Dr. trying to figure out what wrong with me to no avail. One Doctor in 2000 suggested I had CFS based on an EBV test showing chronic active infection, but less was known about CFS then and the benzo people kept telling me I had protracted withdrawal syndrome, so I pretty much accepted that... although kept looking for other diseases just in case. I continued with all the same symptoms until 2007 when things took a turn for the worse with new heart and breathing symptoms - I was finally diagnosed with POTS. I decided ok, maybe it's not protracted withdrawal. I then found out POTS and CFS often occur together. My PCP re-checked my EBV in 2011 and it still shows high levels of chronic active infection. However, I've recently learned from others that they developed POTS as a result of benzo withdrawal. I thought oh no, here we go again. I do also have a low NK count (function is OK), but does that reallly mean anything. And Brain Spect which my Dr. said shows a CFS pattern, but again, is this proven/reliable evidence for CFS. Maybe this reflects damage from the benzos? I had mostly dropped the benzo idea and am now questioning it again. Do I really have CFS or could this be long term, possibly permanent benzo damage? Thanks for any insight.