Hi there. I am new to this. I haven't even been diagonosed professionally but...... For the last few years things just haven't been right..early on I went to the doctors several times but came out feeling like an idiot so unless I really have to I don't want to go. Question time... can stress cause CFS... in the last 13 years I have looked after my stroke affected father (died 1990) then our son died in 1994.. I thought I would do the right thing and look after my mother in law...Bi-Polar until she finally went. I thought at the point that I had done my bit for family and that i could enjoy what was left but Oh no. husband has Trigeminal neuralgia as well as marfan Syndrome( that doesn't need looking after but the Trigeminal does at times). Daughters marriage ended and crys on my shoulder but that is what a mother is for (I think)... I was a very heavy smoker but gave up 18months ago it has been since I haven't had that crutch that things seem to have got strange. All the symptoms that I have previously been to the doctor with is on a common Symptom list I found for CFS. If sleeping is one thing when I stopped smoking i would get up in the morning get my husband off to work sit in a chair and go to sleep wake up at lunch time..eat, sleep until dinner time, get dinner then once that was over with sleep until bed time then go to bed and sleep all night. I am not as bad now but still get tired. If it is the case that I have a form of CFS I am going to have to go through this on my own because the pain my husband has has made him think that he is the only one with a problem but we won't go into that.. So that is my case. My memory...what that??? What do you think????