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After 10 years of pretty good health, I have been in a CFS relapse for the past 4 months following a virus and a new very demanding full-time job. I had a relapse 3 years ago which lasted 9 weeks and I was then able to go back to work part-time. However, this time it is just not shifting yet. I resigned from my job 2 months ago and have been resting up pretty well since then, but am still having horrible symptoms - muscle weakness and pain, painful glands, sweats, sore throat, pins and needles, insomnia and terrible anxiety at times. Even a short walk up the road and back makes my symptoms flare. I am not yet at a solid baseline yet from which to build up activity. Considering I did a cycle tour in June and had a walking holiday in Cumbria in July, this is pretty depressing. I am terrified that this will develop into the long illness I had initially 23 years ago where I became virtually housebound for 6 years and it took me another 6 years to be well again. I haven't helped matters by struggling into a tough new job for a month with a virus before finally admitting I had to stop. I would welcome any tips or encouragement please. I know what to do - rest, small activities within my limits, eat well, keep well supported by friends and family, read and watch tv to distract, meditate. I am taking hot baths and using arnica oil on my muscles. But sometimes I can't stand it! Wakefulness in the night is the worst because that is when the fear sets in. I have just started HRT patches because some of the insomnia and sweating at night will be due to menopause. Please remind me I will get better and offer hope. Thank you 😊
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