Hi folks I'm new to this board I was diagnosed with CFS 2 years ago, but after my initial illness I recovered to about 80 - 90% and was living a pretty normal life - working, walking after work, the odd glass of wine etc. I still had to manage my tiredness and get to bed early, and cope with the odd flare / relapes every few months that kept me in bed for a week or 2, but it was manageable. Well, about 8 months ago things took a turn for the worse and over time the balance shifted - the bad days now outweigh the good days about 3 : 1. This means I've had to stop working, which I am finding extremely upsetting. I'm having horror thoughts like "What if I never work again?" And if one more person tells me "But you don't look sick" I swear I'll punch them in the nose!