Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I guess there has been a bit of confusion with my posting yesterday.  I'm not depressed though to some it might sound like it.  Thank you to all of my friends that expressed their concern.  I often forget that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome until another bout of it hits me.  I was diagnosed so many years ago with CFS, I think about the same time I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  I did get tested about 5 years ago and sure enough I tested positive for having had in the past the Epstein-barr virus, which in my case was the trigger for the CFS.

Here is a bit of information about the CFS.


Symptoms of CFS are similar to those of the flu and other common viral infections, and include muscle aches, headache, and extreme fatigue. However, symptoms of CFS last for 6 months or more.
The main symptom of CFS is extreme tiredness (fatigue), which is:
  • New
  • Lasts at least 6 months
  • Not relieved by bed rest
  • Severe enough to keep you from participating in certain activities
Other symptoms include:
  • Feeling extremely tired for more than 24 hours after exercise that would normally be considered easy
  • Feeling unrefreshed after sleeping for a proper amount of time
  • Forgetfulness
  • Concentration problems
  • Confusion
  • Joint pain but no swelling or redness
  • Headaches that differ from those you have had in the past
  • Irritability
  • Mild fever (101 degrees F or less)
  • Muscle aches (myalgias)
  • Muscle weakness, all over or multiple locations, not explained by any known disorder
  • Sore throat
  • Sore lymph nodes in the neck or under the arms

    Yes under the complications section depression is listed, but right now I'm not depressed. As a matter of fact I have some hope thanks to reading JOB the other day.  Okay that and the fact that tomorrow is my follicle scan.  I'll let everyone know how that went on Thursday's blog.  Tomorrow's blog post will be about the latest book I read for my book club.

    I'm just really tired.  No matter how much sleep I get at night I'm just exhausted because its not a restful sleep.  I'm cranky from being on the clomid and not sleeping well.  My body just aches and the stomach pain is not helping matters.  I've been miserable for months now.  So with any hope I'll feel better by the end of Summer.


  1. I am sorry you have to go through all of this on top of trying to have a baby. Is there anything you can take and/or do to help your symptons?

    Good luck on your scan tomorrow! What dosage of clomid are you on?

    1. Sleeping pills were prescribed years ago but I don't like the side effects of the walking dead. LOL Plus of course one can't take them while trying to conceive.

      100 mg of clomid.

  2. Chronic Fatigue is a hard one. Just getting diagnosed is a process and then there's still a lot we don't know about it. Take care of yourself and try to rest when you can. Hopefully the sun will come out and help with allievating some of these symptoms.

    1. Time heals all wounds. So its just going to take some time. Hopefully we'll get warmer weather soon...I'd like to see high 70's this summer!

  3. Ironically, I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr in high school. I actually forgot about it for a long time. Maybe that has something to do with my recent fatigue too...hmm.

    Try to be kind to yourself! xoxo

    1. A lot of folks have been exposed and have had the Epstein Barr virus. Unfortunately for some it is the triggering factor for the CFS, others just some how end up unaffected.

  4. Having such condition is very hard to handle but I know you can make it all the way. God bless and keep on striving.

    1. I checked out your page and I always thought golfing was a big no for those with back pain. I'll have to give it a second consideration.

  5. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that causes severe feelings of tiredness. This is very helpful information sharing.

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