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I'm aware that a diagnosis of CFS likely best fits what I am experiencing. I've had terrible fatigue for 3.5 years, alongside some other symptoms which have been less persistent- abdominal pain/bloating (now resolved), rashes, eye twitch, tingling fingers, mouth ulcers, hip pain (although a recent xray has shown I do have something wrong with my hips so this might not be related- I'm awaiting an appointment with orthopedics). I have been tested for lots of illnesses over this time and had lots of blood work done but nothing seems to point to anything specific. After going through a very frightening time when a GP thought I had ovarian cancer, which led to an unnecessary operation, I've backed away from looking for a medical answer and have been trying more lifestyle changes and just learning to cope with the fatigue. That's been about 1.5 years now and I now do all the things that have been shown to help lower stress and improve general wellbeing- I practice yoga and meditation daily, I'm vegan, have therapy etc, etc. Although I've improved a little over this time, I still really struggle and feel I'm only half living my life. I can be knocked sideways by any small thing- like having a slightly stressful day or getting a less than ideal night's sleep. I am 39 and have no children and can only cope with working 3 days a week- many weeks this is beyond what I feel I can manage. I was working full time but dropped to 3 days to try cope so this has been quite a financial loss.
The reason I'm posting is that I read somewhere that some people can benefit from antidepressant medication (specifically amitriptyline). So I have been considering going back to the GP and seeing if the medical world has anything to offer me. I'm definitely not depressed but I have had a tough childhood with a lot of trauma which I'm working through in therapy. Although I sleep 'well' for 8+ hours most nights, the quality seems to be an issue- I am restless and I'm aware I feel tense at night. Although all my meditation etc does help, the quality of my sleep still an issue, which affects my fatigue and I feel I'm stuck in a bit of a vicious cycle with it sometimes. I wondered if this is where amitriptyline may help.
I would be very grateful if anyone could share their own experiences of using amitriptyline for CFS and if anyone has any advice.
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