In French, a "malaise" is a discomfort. The English dictionary uses the term "mild sickness". I was wondering if everyone feels just "a little bit" sick while having a post-exertional malaise. My episodes are pretty brutal and I would not say that I have a MILD sickness when it happens. To the contrary, I am ususally in bed with my head in the garbage can, not able to make it to the washroom. The migraines are so horrible. Sometimes, I wish I could just throw up. I would probably get better faster. How would you describe your PEM?