Beware the magic mushrooms.
I'm in constant search of things that might make me even marginally better. I feel like such crap most of the time I will take any improvement. I've had several successes; glutathione IVs, switching to pastured meats, equalibrant, sunbathing, taking low doses of celebrex and trazadone to name a few. These have all helped to function somewhat better. So I've got my ears out listening for things that have helped others. Things that I haven't tried yet.
On one of the patient forums one person had tried a Reishi mushroom supplement. Click here for more information. She is doing better than she has done in years. I read a little about it and decided I would try it. HOWEVER, I skipped doing the one thing I ALWAYS do before trying new meds: check for side effects BEFORE taking the stuff. Why? Hell if I know. Brain spasm I guess. My problem solving abilities are pretty much compromised at this point. So my bad. I took one pill (the dose is three) and shortly thereafter my blood pressure crashed. I didn't know what was going on. My legs ached and I felt terrible. I very quickly ended up in bed passed out. I should probably have called the doctor but I had no idea what was going on. And my problem solving/decision making abilities aren't so hot right now.
Of course after I woke up THEN I looked up the side effects: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-905-REISHI%20MUSHROOM.aspx?activeIngredientId=905&activeIngredientName=REISHI%20MUSHROOM
And low and behold I figured out what went wrong. Nuts! No more magic mushrooms for me.
Moral of the story: ALWAYS check the side effects BEFORE taking any new meds or supplements. Be on the look out for any weird symptoms after taking a new pill. And remember the weird symptoms you are experiencing may NOT be CFS/ME but actually a reaction/side effect and you may need medical attention. Ugh! Hopefully, I'll remember next time.