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So after living with ME / CFS for 25 years and being able to 'manage' it fairly well for the past 15 years (ie being able to maintain a full time job (albeit a very basic job) by sacrificing life outside of work and with the help of an extremely supportive husband) I have just had a fairly major relapse for no obvious reason. I haven't been over-doing the activity, haven't been ill, haven't been busy at work, etc. For the past 8 weeks I have basically been able to work and not a lot else. Falling asleep at the drop of a hat, major muscle weakness and fatigue (only managing stairs by being helped or going up on hands & knees), fuzzy head, swollen joints, the full works. Haven't been able to do the 1 walk a week I was doing as my only exercise. To make things worse, having hit peri-menopause the dreaded 'middle age spread' has arrived big style. So now I am in a position where I should really be increasing the exercise to beat the weight gain, but I am totally unable to do so. My diet is very restricted anyway due to IBS so there isn't very much i can cut out to reduce calorie intake (and I don't overeat anyway). I'm feeling really down due to a) having a relapse for no obvious reason, b) gaining noticeable weight but not being able to do anything about it, and c) faced with yet another doctor who can't come up with anything except offering me happy tablets that it's been proved I can't take and cause weight gain anyway. A real Catch 22 situation. Any ideas / suggestions?
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