Chronic Fatigue & Dieting?
Just curious to see if anyone else has a similar experience. I haven't been diagnosed with CFS yet (no health insurance) but I've been doing lots of research since I got sick in September and so far, it's the closest match to my symptoms. I've had a couple of short 'remissions' in the past four months, but lately I've been considerably worse. When it first hit me (and it literally felt like that) in September, I was on a fairly strict calorie diet and exercising up to an hour and a half a day. I'm a 30 year old woman, I stay home with my 3 kids and homeschool. I started cutting stuff out when I got sick (caffeine, etc) and loosened up the diet and quit exercising (I had no choice, really!). I've since gained 10 pounds. This week I started dieting again, and have tried to get in a little bit of exercise (mostly stationery bike) although it ruins the rest of my day. And I feel so much worse! I've been in bed pretty much the last week, and all my symptoms are worse. We're supposed to start school again tomorrow (the fall was sort of sporadic, due to my illness) and I'm afraid of how much I'm going to be able to do. Has anyone else noticed that cutting calories increased their symptoms? Is it just the extended fatigue due to exercising even a little bit?