Originally Posted by Icky_Metal
I have done a fair amount of research on CFS and am having a difficult time determining if it is something that I'm suffering from. I have chronic post-nasal drip, fatigue, feverishness, headaches, and occassional brain fog. All of these symptoms seem to be attributed to both allergies and CFS. I am allergic to molds, trees, weeds, and grasses. My question is how fatigued are you when you have CFS? I'm ruling it out as something I'm suffering from b/c while I'm tired, I'm not really so tired that I can't live an active life. I imagine those with CFS have great difficulty getting out of bed and staying out of bed. Am I wrong? Are there different degrees of CFS??
I have chronic fatigue, but I don't think I have chronic fatigue SYNDROME. I'm just tired all the time and some days the fatigue is less than others. There are some days where I can hardly get out of bed and function, but that's usually in the morning and by afternoon/evening I'm feeling better. I can exercise and I'm usually fine the next day. But I have been experiencing a low-level chronic fatigue where I am just not my usual energetic self and most days I just don't feel perky and great. Last year I started having muscle aches, which made me wonder if I had fibromyalgia. But I don't have the classic symptoms of either CFS or fibromyalgia. (And I have seen a doctor who specializes in both and he doesn't think I have either.)
I have had allergies in the past, but haven't had the traditional allergy symptoms -- when pollens are high I don't sneeze too much and I don't have much congestion. So I never connected the fatigue with the allergies. However, I started taking notes regarding when I was fatigued and I noticed patterns -- more fatigue when pollens were high. I finally saw an allergist TODAY and he did skin testing for environmental allergens. They tested me for 53 things and I tested positive for 27 of them! (I am allergic to mold, trees, grass, weeds and other minor stuff.) So they are going to put me on a course of weekly allergy shots (immunotherapy). If it works for me they said I would start noticing a difference in 3-6 months and I would feel a lot better in a year. I am very eager to start on this.
It would make sense that I am fatigued because my immune system is dealing with a daily assault of pollens.