That's a bit overly harsh on Gabby. It is doctors and not us who are "supposed" to be the drug experts. Many would think the opposite and think it wasnt being responsible if one was going against doctors advice and questioning it. Unfortunately the situation is that it is the case, that we do need to be researching drugs before we start taking them as most doctors dont know what is best for complicated patients such as ourselves. A doctor who really wants to help us, may also end up trying things on us which wouldnt be usually done. I'd query the Ambien too. Ive heard some horrific Ambien cases and know of someone who almost died due to how that drug affected their brain. You've read much into her post that others including myself didnt see. Just cause she had sleep study results consistant to ME/CFS, it dont mean she wasnt diagnosed. So that is jumping to a huge conclusion to say that she only probably has the CDC definition of CFS from that. I too thought Cort was being a bit harsh on this drug eg the title and the biased view with just telling someones horror story and not having a good balance there of maybe also sharing another persons postive experience of it.. thou he did then bring the balance up a bit more by adding the other ME/CFS specialists views and asking them... I was very glad he did that as that helped to correct the balance issue some. (thanks cort for doing that). I too worried that some who this drug may of helped may of been completely put off by PR seeming to support this drug is bad. (not all will be well enough to read the whole lot so may not get to see what the experts said at the bottom). From the title, it sounded the drug was completely at fault when there were so many other factors at fault in this story (Gabby not being one of them) esp the way the doctor prescribed... I hope you come to ssee you arent being fair to Gabby by blaming her for doctor error and for maybe a slightly biased article. Cort said he wanted to provide a balanced view to the community.. if that was so, both a positive and negative personal stories should of been presented. He thought people werent hearing this other side of things here so obviously I dont think he's realised how badly some of us have been harrassed at PR in shocking ways due to having postive experiences with this drug . There was also much sensible debate on the bad and good of this drug in the forums here in the past with the postive and negative experiences being shared in an unbiased way. This thou is certainly one kind of hot topic. (I was very badly harrassed and targeted and bailed up in PR chat over it in a threatening way in the past, just from sharing my more positive experience of this drug on the forums. Some have taken their negative experiences out on others who have had more postive ones. This hasnt happened thou the past few months so maybe the ones doing that got banned?). Maybe the truer message of this isnt this drug is "bad" (which seemed to be the original intent of this thread to some of us) but rather that we all need to take care with all drugs and maybe should be doing a little research ourselves if possible before taking ANYTHING. We always cant trust that doctors are going to know what is best for us and be always doing the right thing. Not all of us thou are well enough to be doing our own research... and no ones ever at fault for not knowing something that their doctors should know. Nielk.. Im so so glad to hear you are doing better now. Thanks for letting Cort share your story.