Hi again birdchic,
Your symptoms do sound typical, unfortunately :-(
At this time, with no way to definitively diagnose CFS, there is also no way to measure the degree or severity of one's illness. The only way to discuss it, is by how disabling are one's symptoms. Those who can no longer work, or maintain their typical responsibilities or activity level, and/or are receiving disability payments, might be considered to have have a bad or severe case. And those who can still work at least part time, or otherwise maintain a modified version of their typical activity level, might be thought to have a mild case. But the bottom line is how it affects you personally. It's not so important how well or not well everyone else is. I don't mean to sound cold, but just don't see how comparison might be helpful. And how many symptoms one might have is more or less irrelevant. One might only exhibit say 10 symptoms, yet be bedridden with fatigue. Or one might be able to count 80 symptoms, like yourself, yet they are either very mild or limited, not ongoing, temporary symptoms.
Sorry I can't give you any more helpful info, but such is the nature of this illness, unfortunately. But hang in there! You have only just begun this journey (with CFS), and there is much you have to learn. But I feel certain that with a little commitment, you will be able to discover things that will make a big difference. You won't always be affected as you are now! Fluctuation and change is more the rule than the exception!
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