Question about CFS Diagnostic Criteria

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   Posted 5/31/2011 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
According to what I have read, CFS is diagnosed when 4 of 11 symptoms are present at one time for 6 months or longer.

1. Does this mean 4 of 11 symptoms must have been present at intial flare?
2. Do flares exist in CFS?
3. During remission between flares, can one feel completely fine?
4. Can symptoms come and go or change?

My symptoms started with fatigue and joint, muscle pain, etc. initially and then changed with pain being minimal and fatigue still severe. Only in the 5th month after my initial flare did I experience cognitive impairment and dizziness.

I was initially diagnosed (I think misdiagnosed) with fibromyalgia.
My symptom list is extensive. I won't list all here unless asked.

Also have blood pooling in feet and hands, poss. raynaud's, ana 1:160.

I am currently being evaluated by a second rheumatologist, vascular surgeon, and neurologist to rule out other conditions.

Thanks for answering my questions. Please feel free to ask me yours!
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