Hello! I am new here, I was just diganosed with CFS yesterday, although I have been diagnosed with generic "chronic fatigue" in the past. My symptoms first started after the birth of my first child almost 11 years ago. They became severe after the birth of my second child dueing which I had the onset of severe IBS, food allergies and endometriosis. From 2002 to 2006 I had a wonderful reprieve from most all of my symptoms while I was pregnant with and nursing my youngest 2 children. The fatigue crept back on after the baby weaned. Then last year we moved to a house that was apparently infested with mold. It got bad quick. I was sick everyday. We have moved now but I am still suffering with this bout and hoping it doesn't get any worse. I've been looking into treatment with antidepressants. I'm having some anxiety and PTSD issues anyways. Several years ago a dr put me on effexor and it made my brain almost race, it was like my brain had energy but my body still felt like I was trying to walk through Jello. Does anyone have any good advice, links, books? I am interested in the autoimmune aspect as I also have IBS and endo as do most women in my family. Other family members have lupus, rhemotoid and diabetes. Pretty much all the female autoimmune disorders are covered in my family. I have every single symtpom of CFS that is listed on the CDC's website. How do you cope? My dr has started me on Ambien. I can't get to sleep at night despite being exhausted and I wake up every hour or so all night long. But I was so tired last night that I fell asleep and forgot to take it, so I haven't started it yet.