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hi everyone, so this is my first post and I just wanted to clear my mind by posting what I have been going through in the past 7 months as I feel hopeless. I am a 27 year old male and prior to this illness was healthy and very active as I played sports 4 days a week and danced on a traditional dance team on the weekends. Everything changed on August 2014 as after a stressful/sleepless night out with friends, I woke up the next day with a headache, ear pressure and felt like I never slept. Fast forward to January of this year, all my previous systems remained the same while the headache started to ease but I started experiencing new symptoms such as extremely achey legs and arms, crackling joints, twitching all over my body, coldness of my extremities, extreme fatigue, orthostatic intolerance, heart palpitations, and chest pains. I am practically house bound since January as everything has been getting progressively worse. I got all tests done- extensive blood work, mri and Ct head, spinal tab, chest X-rays and Lyme disease, ms, als, have also all been ruled out. After consulting 3 neurologists, 3 rheumatologists, infectious disease specialist, cardiologists, and countless gp's, the only answer a few of them gave was post viral fatigue/cfs. To add fuel to the fire my engagemeant party is set for April and I finally got a job offer for a dream job that would have started at the end of May. As of right now I can barely walk and feel like I am a 100 years old. Everything was finally falling into place as I had a tough few years after university. This was suppose to be the best time of my life and I have no idea what the future holds and I am scared as I am getting worse. Doctors told me that it may take 8-10 months for any improvement but this sudden onset and progression is freaking me out. I have tried graded therapy to only end up even more exhausted and achey the next day. This ordeal has been a tough pill to swallow and it feels like a nightmare where I can't seem to pinch myself awake. Sometimes I feel like I have something else besides cfs but don' t know what else to do. Any words of wisdom, recovery stories or support would greatly help. Thanks in advance.
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