Why has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) stopped me in my tracks?
I have a busy life, sometimes working 12 hours a day, five or six days per week. Then rushing out for a walk, updating my website. Then back to work etc. This has been my life for quite some time.
Then I got what felt like a virus but I didn’t recover. I felt fatigued for weeks. My neck glands felt swollen and tender. Any noise or light made me shiver. Can’t concentrate, can’t focus. Irritable bowels… The list goes on.
So I go to the doctors who tells me I have Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). He came to this conclusion after blood tests ruled out any other serious illness. When I got home and read up on the illness, it hit me like a hammer. Everything I read seemed to fit my current health status, but was not what I wanted to be reading. Some people can have this debilitating fatigue for years, some people can’t even get out of bed.
How will I deal with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Unfortunately I cannot work for the time being, which adds more stress and no real income (stress seems to make the fatigue much worse). This will be another big task for me to deal with but I am not going to let this beat me – I will be back walking again within a year.
I have some learning to do though, because my initial reaction was to go to the gym, lift some weights and run! It has taken me three days to recover. And as I write this I am still suffering now on Day 4.
The condition CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), PVFS (post viral fatigue syndrome), M.E (Myalgic Encephalopathy) seems to be controversial. After all to look at me there is seemingly nothing wrong, but what people don’t realise is the utter disgusting feeling that rips through your body. My legs feel like they are being pulled from under me. My brain feels foggy. If I sleep I wake up feeling worse.
Urgh!!! Oh well, there are people out there who are worse off than me, and if I remain positive then I’ll be back on the fells again soon!