Re: Advice on stoping (a probable) CFS progress?
First thing, if you smoke, you should quit. That's good advice for ANYONE, CFS or not, any other illness or not. I'd talk to your doctor about the best ways to get yourself off of the cigarettes ASAP.
Secondly, if you were to think of CFS as a monster, then this is a monster that THRIVES on self-denial and Type 'A' personalities....it eats those kinds of people for breakfast. I was both of these things when my illness developed and I refused to give up everything in my life for it. I continued working a very stressful job, continued going out and drinking with friends, and absolutely refused to stop lifting weight and running at the gym. Needless to say, all those things piled up on me and I came crashing down with such force that I eventually lost ALL of those things by absolute force.
You see, CFS is very much of a 'destroy the things you love or the things you love will destroy you'. It's very sad and quite shocking to go through...I know, I've been there, but you have to ease up on yourself NOW while you still have a chance to recover from this illness quickly. I'm a believer in that if you take it easy from the start, live a clean life, eat well, immediately tackle whatever emotional or physical issues you may be going through, your chances of a quick recovery improve dramatically.
I wish you the best of luck with this and please keep these things in mind.