Are my swings in energy level and tolerance for stress, etc. related to CFS? Is it also responsible for the memory lapses and "brain fog", where sometimes I can't even remember if my contacts are still in or read a digital clock? What about zero appetite and food really upsetting my stomach when I do eat? My nerves are so "raw" the slightest thing makes me jump, I am wound up so tight, and I get overstimmed sensory-wise on a daily basis now. We are moving in a couple months d/t hubby's job (I don't want to now, but he won't back out of this), and for the past several weeks I've had to coordinate getting a new roof, new paint, and having to babysit contractors more than I would have liked. I've also had virtually zero peace and quiet for over two weeks...I have had a LOT of dust, dirt, very loud noise, and just a big mess on my hands (I am a super clean freak, too, although I have tried hard to let it go). Throw in a 4 y.o. high-functioning autistic daughter who is soooo defiant and prone to acting out (and also never stops moving or talking, ever), a super-stressed and argumentative hubby, and I am ready to snap. Is all this par for the course for CFS? Can I do anything about the "fragility" I feel, as I am to the point I have no idea how I'll be able to handle the impending move? I am taking some supplements and homeopathics...I am very leery of pharmaceuticals as my body is flooded with toxins (my adrenals are fried, too) and I seem to get bad side effects from even OTC stuff these days (I have had a history of bad reactions to pharmaceuticals my whole life). Any info would help. How do you deal with this when you need to just STOP but your life responsibilities insist you keep going 300 mph 24 x 7? It's not like I can just stop caring for my daughter, and helpful family won't just appear out of nowhere. I have my kid in school 4 days a week (and it will be 5 in the pre-K class when we move), and she is even staying late this month 'cause of all the contractors/workers, but I still am more stressed than ever. I know it's nothing compared to the challenges many of you are facing/have faced, but all this is getting me completely unglued. Thanks for anyone's advice, and I hope you all find ways to cope with and recover from your own health issues, too. C.