@Allyson Spoke to my doctor about POTS, and she said that they do not test for it at my hospital because the test is "too barbaric" Also spoke to my Psychiatrist this week, and she gave me the impression that she didn't believe my diagonsis was real and that everything was in my head. I went the ER last week for severe nerve pain in my jaw, and they told me I had taken too much pain medication for it (2x 500mg Naproxen 8 hours apart, I was still in pain hence why I went to the ER) and that I should just go home and ice it. When I asked what they wanted me to do for the pain, they looked at me like I was stupid and said "ice it". Apparently you can ice away nerve pain now, who knew? I talked to my friend who is going through nursing school and she said that is the treatment they give druggies. Just makes me wonder if I have this note on my medical history that says "hypochondriac" or something because of all the things wrong with me. I understand that I am very high functioning for individuals with CFS/ME, but if you look at my activity level pre vs. post illness there is a HUGE difference. I was a three sport varsity athlete in high school plus I played 3 club sports, a division 1 college athlete (training 6+ hours a day), and prior to the onset of my illness I was running 5-12 miles a day with no problems. Now I struggle to even make it in the gym, let alone do any sort of running. It's so frustrating that I get this kind of treatment from the medical professionals who are supposed to be helping me. I want to go see these specialists who know about more about CFS/ME and correlating/similar diagnoses, but until I get out of the military (2 years left) I will never have the time to travel anywhere to get seen. I am barely able to work, but they won't medically discharge me and I don't see why they won't unless they really don't believe I'm sick. It's so frustrating and I don't know what to do. I'm so tired of wasting my time going to doctors who aren't even trying to help me. None of them have even bothered reading any research on this condition. I also work in an environment that gives me no leeway for my medical condition and if anything ignores my doctors' recommendations so I am dealing with a lot of stress that is making things a lot worse. Not sure how I can continue, but I am afraid that I am going to get military disciplinary action for being unable to do something.