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Old 10-05-2009, 06:33 AM   #1
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Are these typical symptoms of chronic fatigue?

Hi, I am a 45 year old woman and have been having terrible bouts of tiredness over the last 10 years or so. I find it difficult to get through the day and could sleep around the clock. My mind is very foggy and I actually thought I was beginning to get early dementia but routine checks ruled that out. Doing simple everyday things is just like wading through mud or as if there are hands dragging me down. I am wondering if it is all in my mind as I do not seem so bad when I am at work. I don't think I am depressed apart from feeling a bit low about not being able to have the energy to do what I would like to.

The bouts come on for months and then suddenly disappear for a couple of months and my energy is 'normal' again. Then the whole cycle starts again. It is not seasonally related though and I take vitamins and my stress levels do not change much. The tiredness is worse in the afternoon.

Blood tests always come back normal.

Does this sound like chronic fatigue as I do not know much about it. Any tips on getting some energy?
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:15 AM   #2
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Re: Are these typical symptoms of chronic fatigue?

Hey, I am new on here, but I have got ME/CFS and you symptoms do sound like that of ME/CFS.

But I know that some Doctors aren't much believers on ME/CFS so you may struggle to get a diagnosis as most do with this illness.

The thing is with this illness is to listen to your body. If you feel tired then rest. If you plan a heavy and exhausting day, then allow a day to recover from it. Eat healthily and I have actually now cut out alcohol. Which a lot of people don't think affects it, but personally it does for me. I am not a heavy drinker anyway, but when I drink, it hits me more. So I'd rather skip it and have a juice.

Maybe record a diary of your health and when you get tired, and whether it's after exercise or whatever. This will help you establish your own needs.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:29 AM   #3
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Re: Are these typical symptoms of chronic fatigue?

Hi Bobbyboo,

If you are referring to CFS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - it is an immune disorder and not just about being very tired, although profound fatigue certainly is one symptom. CFS often affects many bodily systems; such as: eyes, digestion, muscles/joints, memory, etc. ...

In dealing with your fatigue, you might have a thyroid panel to make sure your thyroid is not low, also your adrenal function.

All the best,

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Old 10-09-2009, 06:06 AM   #4
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Re: Are these typical symptoms of chronic fatigue?

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Hi, I am a 45 year old woman and have been having terrible bouts of tiredness over the last 10 years or so. I find it difficult to get through the day and could sleep around the clock. My mind is very foggy and I actually thought I was beginning to get early dementia but routine checks ruled that out. Doing simple everyday things is just like wading through mud or as if there are hands dragging me down. I am wondering if it is all in my mind as I do not seem so bad when I am at work. I don't think I am depressed apart from feeling a bit low about not being able to have the energy to do what I would like to.

The bouts come on for months and then suddenly disappear for a couple of months and my energy is 'normal' again. Then the whole cycle starts again. It is not seasonally related though and I take vitamins and my stress levels do not change much. The tiredness is worse in the afternoon.

Blood tests always come back normal.

Does this sound like chronic fatigue as I do not know much about it. Any tips on getting some energy?
hi i have suffered from chronic fatigue, it took dr's 5 years to diagnose me but many dr's don't reconize chronic fatigue. Symptoms can vary from person to person. I was tired most of the time and when i did go to bed i could not sleep. it would take me a while to get to sleep, i would normally sleep 8 - 10 hours but when i woke up in the morning felt like i hadn't slept.I had other symptoms as aches and pains throughout my body, things would really get on top of me and i couldn't cope with that, had lots of energy but when i stopped i wouldn't want to move again plus i did have a very small amount of depression. cfs can be caused by stress, trauma, and general life's ups and downs.CHRONIC FATIGUE can cause depression, i saw a natropath to get my diagnoses and then was referred to a specialist who specalizes in chronic fatigue who helped me through it. There was a test that the natro done that showed up that i had chronic fatigue. The only way to know for sure if you have it is to be properly diagnosed. it can get worse if you don't get on top of it as it can take over your life. It took me 2 years to fully get rid of cfs, i too went through is this all in my mind as dr were telling me there's nothing wrong. At the time of being diagnosed i was also lacking in vitamin b12, and a few other thing but it been many years so cant remember. If you do have cfs you have been going through it for a long time and really need to get some answers. I would recommend seeing a natropath, they will test in different area's where dr's don't. i Hope you get some answers soon

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Old 10-12-2009, 11:01 AM   #5
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Re: Are these typical symptoms of chronic fatigue?

Hi Bobbyboo,
I have been diagnosed with CFS but nothing seemed to help. finally my doctor saw that my iron was "on the low side" so he referred me to a hematologist. Upon further testing, I am severerly anemic, the doctor said this could be the cause for all my symptoms! I'm starting IV Iron today, hoping to feel dramatically better after a few weeks of IV Iron therapy! Ask your doctor about your iron level- if it is anwhere near "borderline", ask for further tests for ferritin and hemoglobin.

 
Old 10-23-2009, 09:46 AM   #6
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Re: Are these typical symptoms of chronic fatigue?

I wish I had some info for you, but I have been dealing with this for years..I have tried so many things..And I get to feeling better and the next thing you know it is back..They call mine CFIDS , my immune system is affected also. Today, I have million things I need to do, but like u I feel like I am moving thru mud..My mind is foggy and I am helpless to find a fix..So probably it is not in our heads, too many people describe the same symptons..Like you I have seen so many doctors..I have researched and know more about fibro and chronic fatigue than any of my drs..lol..I give them stats and new research..lol

Good Luck,
maybe your path is different than mine..but look around, tho this seems like a curse, we are actually blessed,,,it could be worse, Keeping your mind rt seems to be the best way to live with this mess.lol
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:21 AM   #7
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Re: Are these typical symptoms of chronic fatigue?

Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply - I really appreciate it.

I have tried one thing which seems to be helping a little. I have cut out caffeine completely. I didn't drink caffeinated coffee after 6.00 pm anyway but would drink about 4-6 ordinary cups during the day, often because of the exhaustion. It would now seem that this has been counterproductive. I have reasoned that it meant that, although I slept for many hours (10-11), that the quality of sleep was slightly poorer due to the caffeine and I have woken up as tired as if I had never slept.

If anyone wishes to try it (it takes about 4 days to get out of your system and can give you headaches for a while). It mightn't help everyone but do let me know if you try it and it helps a little.

Hope you are all having a 'good' day.

Bobbyboo x

P.S. There is also caffeine in tea and cola but you can buy decaff versions.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:16 AM   #8
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Re: Are these typical symptoms of chronic fatigue?

befor i get into anything else about my condition i have cfs. had it for 2 years am only 21, does anyone else with cfs get painless mild lymph node enlargement?? neck or underarm??

 
Old 07-28-2010, 01:30 PM   #9
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Re: Are these typical symptoms of chronic fatigue?

just recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. i thought i was crazy for the longest time since i was always tired. i could sllep 10 hours get up and still be tired. the drs are convinced that the mass in my neck(which is painful) is causing my symptoms. so jamesgordon i would dig deeper into the thyroid nodules and make sure they are not causing more problems than you may realize.

 
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