We all understand how the term "fatigue" is not the sum total of what this illness is about, and how this hurts us. The word "malaise" is almost as harmful. This is from the first three online medical dictionaries I checked:
If I felt this well after exertion, I'd be jumping for joy. Because the fact is, it is rare for me to even feel this well before exertion. Who are they trying to kid.
Malaise: A vague feeling of discomfort, one that cannot be pinned down but is often sensed as "just not right."
A vague feeling of bodily discomfort. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)
A feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness, an out-of-sorts feeling, often the first indication of an infection or other disease.