Sorry, I didn't mean to be flip. I actually suffer from CFS (and its associated many problems). It actually was a solace to find out what was wrong with me but difficult to adjust to a permanent lifestyle change, which includes not being able to work out of the house for a full-time job.
Sorry to wax contemplative on your thread. Hoping that your condition isn't so permanent!
It isn't the case. It is a clear immunological response. Certain white blood cells are low. About four years ago I went for a routine exam and my doc called me a couple days later insistent that I come back to have my blood drawn again.
Evidently, I was so immuno compromised he didn't believe the first results. But I felt fine.
Had all the usual suspects tested: auto-immune, HIV viral load, and the like.
A month later. Blood count just fine. Dr. chalked it up a viral infection I must have had.
There is a reason my white blood cell count is low (shockingly so evidently). Was hoping it was another case of a weird virus thing.
Still could be I guess.
Unfortunately, my regular doc I cannot afford to see would be great, because the pattern of my white blood cell abnormality is nearly textbook of initial HIV infection, as it was last time. And my symptoms are textbook initial HIV infection symptoms as well when people have them or notice them.
So the first thing a clinic will suggest will be an HIV anti-body test (not viral since no insurance) to rule that out first, which takes forever. Although I have been through this before. And am about as low risk for HIV as you can be. And have had a similar constellation of symptoms in the past and was HIV negative as found via a viral load test.
But clinic docs ain't gonna trust someone about the above. So I am trying to get my medical history, so we can skip that.
There are still a lot of docs who think straight, non-IV drug using men are actually capable of getting HIV.
More likely to win the lottery.
Only group safer: non-IV drug using lesbians.