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Old 02-13-2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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Do I have CFS

The beginning of December I had abdominal pain it was so bad I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with a uti. I took two different antibiotics for two weeks. It seemed like the symptoms were gone but soon after i stopped the antiobiotics the pain returned. I now suffer from

flu like feelings - everyday
abdominal pain (it has gotten a little better)
headaches
dry mouth
white lines down the sides of my mouth
eyes feel dry
sleep disorder - maybe sleep five or six hours

Please respond if you have any of these symptoms and what you think if could be. I have had it for two months - If you had these - do they just go away?

 
Old 02-13-2008, 07:05 PM   #2
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Re: Do I have CFS

It's an interesting question we all ask. I am diagnosed with CFS and I don't even know if I have CFS. What I mean is there's no test, and often times the diagnosis only comes after ruling a whole lot of everything else out. It's a long road. Some doctors want to help but are just stumped due to the lack of knowledge about illnesses such as CFS or Fibromyalgia. Some doctors are demeaning or downright dismissive. Some try to treat all the symptoms separately without ever ascertaining the underlying problem.

I was diagnosed with CFS and Fibro in June, found out last week I have Lyme Disease, but I still have CFS and Fibro, and they don't know if it's a symptom of Lyme or something else altogether.

So do you have CFS? Possibly. Maybe not. What has already been ruled out? Have you been tested for things like thyroid, B12 deficiency? Dry eyes and mouth--Sjogren's Syndrome? Autoimmune disorders--white lines in the mouth could be lichen planus, which is autoimmune in nature (and may be linked to CFS. I have vaginal lichen planus--no fun), or it could be some other oral infection. Have you had an ultrasound for the abdominal pain?
When you say sleep disorder, are you fatigued all day (more so than normal tiredness), do you wake up often, experience night sweats, etc? How many hours did you sleep previously and did the change in sleep pattern come at the same time as the other symptoms?

So many questions...it's no fun is it? The flu-like feeling and sleep troubles are common in nearly everyone with CFS but the others symptoms don't immediately say CFS to me. They seem to lean more toward another autoimmune disorder or an infection--which could also be in conjunction with CFS, so you can never really rule it out. My own symptoms include a wide range of things, from severe, debilitating fatigue, muscle weakness, joint aches, pins and needles, crawling skin sensation, vertigo, light and sound sensitivity, tinnitus, and a million others that range from minor annoyances to major pains.

Hope this helps! I pray you don't have CFS, but the best way to find out is to rule out all other possible reasons for your symptoms.

 
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:28 AM   #3
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Re: Do I have CFS

Thank you so much for sending me the info. I am going to check some of the other things out and I hope it is just some sort of infection. CFS seems like a horrible thing to live with.

Thanks again.

 
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Re: Do I have CFS

Sure thing, good luck! This is a great board for gathering info if you need it!

 
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