inflammation tests? and why so often negative in cfs/me? Hi I thought about getting retested for inflammation since I found out last year have sjogrens (that was thru having a positive ssb/la not from an ana). when I had the regular panels over the years in past I guess they never flagged anything to my docs thru sed or ana, and when I asked about getting a new panel this year doc said I had one in 2004 and 2006 and he seemed to think that should have been recent enough....but some symptoms are different now and I am wondering if maybe some subclinical stuff from past will show up now with some new symptoms (dermatologic ones and weight gain etc)........yet I dont want to push for it if its just negative again cus thats sort of disheartening. does anyone know why so often a lot of people with cfs do have normal bloodwork for most mainstream tests? and also what tests for inflammation do you recommend if you are enlightened in this area, are there ones better for getting at it in CFS than the standard panel they give most people at their physical ? ( I forget what you call it, cbc or wbc or something?) An aside, I saw in the news today that blood tests for "depression" may come out and when googled it found stuff like old article in psych today about inflammation and depression being linked, very interesting. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...epression-inflammation-immunity-and-infection Its always made sense to me that one's brain, being an organ, could go haywire or feel bad too when one has some physical illness, why wouldnt it? yet with CFS we feel the need to defend ourselves so much from the psych-only pushers like Reeves and Wesleyites that I know, for me anyway, I don't even like to admit it to docs or anyone anymore if I do feel bummed out, dont want to get discounted in other regards. I don't understand why issues that effect the mind and emotions are arbitrarily thought of as less physical or valid than ones that effect primarily other organs or systems so often. still definitely a stigma.....yet so many things, even obesity or heart disease in some cases are triggered by viral or bacterial infections. anyway, if anyone knows why often are seds or ana don't flag things and/or can recommend other tests or more specific ways to get at it for m.e. pls comment.