This is the first thing I have read in a long time that described my symptoms so well. When I am feeling "CFS-ish" I often get severe vertigo and feelings of burning in my hands and feet when I touch something cold, etc. in addition to the exhaustion and aches.
I had a severe onset about 16 years ago and then numerous relapses of feeling ill - some minor, maybe a few weeks in duration whereas others have lasted months and caused a lot of upheaval and stress in my family life.
Here I go again. Complete with feeling misunderstood at home and work and very frustrated with my inability to perform as usual. No wonder we get depressed - this is depressING.
I would be interested in hearing from others who have had a long duration like this. Does it ever, ever go all the way away?