Hi folks One of the hardest things I have found with having CFS is the feeling that nobody really understands how truly horrible I feel most of the time. I've tried to explain how it affects me physically to those close to me. It's easy enough to talk about pain, nausea, headaches etc, but how do explain the nature of true fatigue - you know what I'm talking about - the horrible bone crushing, unbelievable fatigue where you feel your whole body shutting down. How do you explain that to people? Also, the whole concept of post exertional malaise - that unbelievable feeling of sickness and fatigue mixed together that you feel - for me this is probably one of the worst symptoms - when I get it really bad, I honestly wish I could just die to escape it. How do you explain that to people? Am i unrealistic in my questions? Perhaps I just need to accept that I can never really explain it to people who have not experienced it.