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I have been constantly tired and run down foraround 8 months. I have been back and forth to the doctors - and had loads of blood tests which all come back fine - so I just keep being told "it's just one of those things". Here are my symptoms:
Not feeling refreshed after sleep
Painful lymph nodes (sometimes swollen)
General muscle ache
Complete lack of energy
Recurrent coldsores (which I only used to get when I was run down)
Get burned out by the slightest physical exertion
I eat well and drink plenty. I walk to and from work so get some exercise. I don't burn the candle both ends and I rarely drink alcohol. I take vitamins and generally look after myself, but nothing is making me feel better, if anything I feel like it's getting worse by the day. The last year or so has been quite demanding - both physically and mentally - but my health is making me quite depressed, so it's a bit of a vicious circle.
From what I've read online, my symptoms fit with CFS. Is this something I should raise with my GP? I have a number of chronic illnesses (none of them serious) and I don't want them to think me a hypochondriac. I just know I can't go on like this. I'm getting to the point where I'm scared to do anything as the slightest pysical exertion seems to make me ten times worse.
Any advice gratefully received. If there are any self-help things I can do, please let me know. I really want to start feeling better.
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Hello you, If all your bloods have come back normal it sounds like CFS/ME it hard to get doctors to actually say those letters dont know why. I doubt any one on here will be able to make you start feeling better but manage it and talk about it which helps.If it is either of the two you will just have to pace yourself and see what you can do before you have a relapse you will have many of those finding out how far you can go. Ive had ME for 7 years and i am still learning. good luck and i hope i may of help a little
Seems like you have an awareness of what It maybe and so taking your concern to the doctor seems your next step? In regards the cold sores, a close friend who also has cfs/me has had multiple outbreaks since getting this Condition. I'd say you've nothing to loose in bringing it up with your gp. You dont say what your chronic illnesses are, so unsure if the symptoms are related. If you know they aren't, then explain your symptoms to gp as all your blood tests are ok. Ask for a referral to local cfs/me clinic.
Hope this helps
Glad it helped in some way. Hope the doctor can give you the answer that you need.
Herbs helps me and try to have a very good diet, as much rest as you need, never mind anyone else, and be gentle with yourself, your mind and your body. Healing and recovery is very possible!
The fact that treatments and advice from the medical profession hardly exists doesn't mean that it doesn't exist or that you can't get benefits from elsewhere!
I am at the early stages of getting a diagnosis for CFS after feeling unwell for 3 yrs. I wondered if your Dr has tested you for the Epstein Barr virus? It might be worth asking for this as I had bloods come back to say it was active in my body & my immune system is not responding in the usual way (glandular fever).
I only mention it because you have had cold sores and the virus can cause these too. I have just been referred to a specialist CFS clinic and am awaiting an appt.
I have felt like a hypochondriac throughout and it was not until I discovered this forum that I heard about CFS when I presented the idea to my GP they looked back at all my negative tests and gave me the referral. I think a diagnosis can be very helpful with learning to manage and understand this very complicated illness. My symptoms are mostly mental fatigue though also general sore throats, tiredness and aching muscles it is my mind that suffers the most. I get wonky vision and my head constantly feels wonky.
I hope that you get to the bottom of what's going on with you xxx
Found your comment about the cold sores and Epstein Barr interesting in relation to my friend and will pass this onto them.
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