Hi Tigerb. I agree with hippie mom as this could be related to many different things. Please don't accept a diagnosis of CFS until you rule out other things. I thought I had CFS for 14 years, but it turns out I have lyme disease. I am now in treatment for that and recovering. I look forward to being healthy again instead of sick for the rest of my life.
Your symptoms sound just like mine, especially the joint pain. I also used to sleep whenever I could. I still sleep alot, but not allday and night like I used to.
My advice would be to find a doctor who will run some tests to rule out things like mycoplasma infections, cytomeglio virius, Epteiin barr virus and lyme disease and others. An igenex test is the best test for lyme disease. You could also have your thyroid checked, as this can cause many problems as well. Thyroid illness is common with some of these other illnesses. I take t3 which has helped me as well.
good luck to you!!