Pondering the Point: can massive rest lead to remission or full remission? maybe, but not in my case....
I am very close to having just spent the entire last year entirely resting. That may not mean not crashing.
But I have not crashed badly- during that time frame.
Further detail if your interested.
I do think bad crashes are not helpful and should be avoided to the maximum extent feasible.
However, Im alot older than the presumed Graduate Student. Maybe its just far more complicated when your body has been trapped here for so very long.
I am lucky I was mild for a long time, and did not experience classic PEM per se (then, and now I do).
I did get very ill, AGAIN, while having never left my apartment. This was the final "Proof" that whatever causes this severe gastropersis event I seem to get, is NOT a germ I caught someplace, or food I ate. So that was more weeks, but frankly it did clear more quickly than prior bouts which lasted for months.
(I am still somehow convinced if I can just rest enough, this will fall away. )