Someone else brought up the natural progression of the disease, speaking of CFS. I'm wondering if there appears to be a somewhat "normal" progression, with particular stages or a certain set of symptoms that can be expected? What about for fibromyalgia? Personally, I've been sick for about 11-12 years now, and although I was very sick the first year or two, I felt that then I went into a stage where the worst of the symptoms got a bit better, at least to the bearable point, sometimes to the point where I really didn't feel very sick at all. That probably lasted 10 years. Lately, in the last 5-6 months, however, I've been noticing some not happy changes...more sore throat daily, more brain fog, more morning stiffness. Is this just a temporary flare, or is this a new stage I'm going into? Any thoughts?