Originally Posted by couger2347
Does anyone know if long term stress can cause CFS. I have been diagnosed with panic disorder and fibromyalgia. After being on tranquilizers for 15 years I discontinued them. The withdrawal of these drugs was a major shock to my nervous system. It took me two years to gradulally withdraw. During those years I had more anxiety and pain symptoms one could imagine. I also had this feeling of severe fatigue. This fatigue has more or less been with me for some 7 years now. For the last two years it was bearable until recently. I seem to be right back where I started. I now have trouble walking around the block without feeling extremely tired. I do believe that some if not all my fatigue is coming from stress. I took all the ebv tests and my doctor said it was not that. I'mk starting to read about adrenal fatigue. I have many of the symptoms. Right now it seems because of this tired and weak feeling I'm getting more stressed out and it is leading to those old feelings of panic. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Welcome, have you researched Addison's disease or Adrenal dysfunction...?
When my symptoms started over 2 years ago...it started with neurological dysfunction feelings along with the adrenaline fight or flight, and extreme fatigue...I was one who could handle stressful situatons for 30plus years, who became unable to, along with multi-tasking, putting sentences together and memory problems....The other symptoms were hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, low temp, tender point pain, when I went into Adrenal crisis blood pressure dropped very low to 80/50, temp dropped to 96.2, nausea, no appetite, exteme weight loss, all over muscle and tissue pain and fatigue, there were other tell-tale symptoms as well.
In the begining, back in early 2004, I was dx'd with Fibromyalgia, then Chronic Myfascial Pain, too. When I went to a Fibro and Fatigue Specialist in November '04, he dx'd me with CFIDS; due to many other symptoms including tender lymph nodes, sore and hoarse throats, and eventually testing positive with active cellular viral/bacterial infections and Candida overgrowth. My lab work showed Adrenal dysfunction as well, which may very will Addisons Disease.
I've been treated with natural hormones, supplements and Fludrocortizone and hydrocortizone was started during a Adrenal crisis back in May '05. It is amazing, when these dysfunctions or problem areas are addressed, my symptoms have lessened, and I feel so much better!
My blood pressure is up to in 120/75-130/80, my temperature is up to 98.2, in all my life I accepted low blood pressure and low temperature, thinking it was normal for me. Now, I know if they drop, something isn't quite right in my body...either I need more fluids, or I need a boost with the immune system...
CFS is brought on by a dramatic event, emotional or physical, it can be from a death in the family, a car accident, some type of surgery, some type of emotional loss, or an illness. There is a genetic predispositon to Fibro and CFS. Along with underlying causes that contribute to the severity of the illness.
The good news is there is testing and treatment to address and take care of these underlying causes so that you can have a quality of life again...you don't have to live with the loss of who you were before the onset.
Another thing is, you'll feel much better by setting boundaries, becoming disapplined with rest, diet; eliminating the foods or chemicals that contribute to your symptoms, scheduling your activities for the day, not over loading, learning to say "No", asking for help when needed. Create a support team, Have a Physical Therapist, who can be your life coach and include a massage weekly; (Swedish, Lymphatic, Cranial Sacrial, Polarity...), this has been one of the key treatments for me.
Have you have Fibromyalgia prior to the panic attacks or at the same time they started? Or how long were you experiencing the panic attacks before the Fibro dx? I ask, bc, it all came on at the same time for me, I thought, it must be my hormones out of wack (pre-menopause? or something), I was wrong...it was the illness playing havoc with me.
Sorry, this is so long, I hope that this helps, and I didn't get too far off track, uvm