Posted 2/10/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -6)
One comment I would like to make is that while CFS patients can become depressed by the circumstances they find themselves in, rarely do we suffer from what would be called clinical depression.

There are many studies available that show major clinical differences between someone with CFS and someone with organic depression.

Many of us also suffer from fibromyalgia, though I can tell distinct differences between the muscle/tissue/joint pain I have from fibro and that occurs when I have a CFS crash and my muscles fill with viral load.

And jtravers1, your back/neck pain may indeed be a virus loading/replicating in the muscles in those areas. I know some of the most pain I have suffered over the years of having CFS were in my back and neck and once when I saw my doctor - who is very knowledgable on CFS - during such an episode he explained that the muscles felt so hard and painful because whatever virus or viruses that are involved with CFS were 'loading' into those muscles at the time.

When that occurs I hit the anti-inflammatory supplements big time! I'll take a dose of Vitamin C, E, and bromelain every few hours and a few Magnesium Malate tablets a couple of times during the day and I can usually get it to simmer down.

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