I am new to this site, so not really familiarised myself with how to best use it. I am wondering how many people who are now diagnosed have been through what I am experiencing. I am being investigated for a suspected connective tissue disease due to a low white cell count, in particular low lymphocytes, mouth ulcers, joint pain and swelling, fatigue, acid reflux and eye problems. Because I am not positive for any of the antibody tests, I am being told this is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am frustrated as I have had to reduce my hours at work to four days and 'tiredness' just seems to be a lame excuse. People don't understand the extent to which these symptoms plague me. The doctor says it will either show itself or else disappear. Meanwhile I am in limbo. This has been going on for about 2 years and is getting progressively worse. Anyone share a similar experience?