I think i might have chronic faitgue syndrome or fibromyalgia. how can i tell the difference?

I have been sick since late october early november. So far, the doctors have not been able to diagnose anything and have basically been putting me on random medications just to relieve the symptoms. I have missed 28 days of school since I first began getting sick and I can only miss two more before the end of school. I'm only fifteen.
Symptoms I have:
Fatigue (sleeping thirteen hours +) i have real trouble making it through a school day without falling asleep)
exhaustion
pain in my knees, ankles, and weirdly my elbows.
headaches
congestion
ive had a fever a couple times..
ive been really nauseous occasionally and ende up having to go to the ER because of it.

Does anyone who has CFS or Fibromyalgia identify with these symptoms or know of any other possible causes?
p.s. All blood tests have come up normal, and I dont have rashes or bruising on my body.

Written By Nurse007

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  • DeltaQueen January 28, 2009, 7:16 am

    Oh Boy, Fibromyalsia is really tough to diagnose, but my guess would be at your age it isn't that. Sounds more like Rheumatoid Arthritis, to me. Your other symptoms DO coincide with either disease. Except for the nausea, and that is probably from your meds. Your body is young for all or those and they are very bad for you.

    I too have had a slew of blood tests going as far back as when I was 17(I'm 42 now) and nothing ever showed up in those tests until about 3yrs ago. Have your parents ask for extensive X-Rays, and a MRI. That is one true way to show the deterioration of your cartilage. My son is 21 and has also been diagnosed w/ Osteoarthritis, So you might try to determine if it is in your family background.

    I have found 1 product that has been very helpful to my son and I, and its natural. Kinda expensive but we both feel its worth it!!!!

    Questions? you can e mail me at bearsmom2005@yahoo.com
    Good Luck, it is a long journey, but dont give up!