I feel like I have the flu all the time -- i.e. this symptom is like how I felt when I was healthy in the past and caught the flu. Only then, it lasted for a few days and not the years CFS has had. I noticed the Fukuda criteria doesn't include this symptom at all although many people I know with CFS have it. Some who have been sick for years have a lessening of it over time or they might not have it anymore but at some point in their illness, they had a long period with this symptom. It's somewhat unusual in that many chronic illnesses, even autoimmune ones, do not have this symptom. So, my question is, is there anyone out here who has CFS but doesn't have and has never had flu-like malaise for an extended period of time?