I met with one of the two doctors on this Island who appear to be at all interested in the illnesses of the less-common public. I knew that whatever answer came out of this visit would be the most definitive answer I was ever likely to receive.
It was a four hour appointment at the Pain Clinic, including them reviewing my extensive chart, taking an elaborate family and personal history, doing physical and cognitive exams, and the like...(it was a LONG day, I'm a little fuzzy on all the details!!).
His answer was that I fall into the spectrum of sensitization disorders - in this case, pronounced Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, and Myofascial pain syndrome (among a million other symptoms that show up as a result of everything else I have).
Another MRI is going to be ordered for my spinal cord (to look for signs of MS), and I've been advised to follow an anti-inflammatory diet. I have exercises to implement and a ton of material that I'm supposed to read (although I'm fairly well-read on the subject as this diagnosis has been tossed around for awhile now).
Blood tests are being ordered for Hepatitis, Lyme Disease, and so many hormones and antibodies - just to make sure nothing terribly important has been missed.
I knew this would be the result, and now I guess I can continue trying to fully come to terms with the hand I have been dealt. It would be easier if I was coming up with the money to help pay for some of the terribly expensive treatment options which are still not easily allowing a job!
Going to keep my head high though, as there can always be good stretches of existence :) !!!