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So I need advice. I was diagnosed last January with ME/CFS, and I'm only 22. I had two months off in July due to a relapse and I (foolishly) went back 6 weeks ago. I'm a nurse and I only work 8 hours a week, yet somehow I feel like my symptoms are getting worse.
I have never felt pain like it at the moment, spasms in my back and not being able to sit up when lying flat because my ribs and abdominal muscles ache. Having to hold my head up because my head feels like a bowling ball and the worst headaches imaginable. Is anyone else experiencing pain like this?
I worry that I'm putting my work before my health but I'm concerned that if I got off sick again, it'll be for even longer and I risk losing my job.
Any advice please, anything at all, I would really appreciate it.
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Love, Paula x
You do need to put your health before your work. Your body is telling you to dial it way back and rest. The pain you're having often comes with this illness--including the headaches. I didn't listen to my body and I'm really paying the price. My ME/CFS got much worse, and I got new symptoms I'd never had before. A friend tried to warn me, and I didn't listen. Then I was forced to listen because my body simply would not cooperate with my desire to do more.
My experience shows me that it won't go away if you ignore it, it will just get worse (I'm now questioning my heart rate). Don't keep pushing it, if you can work out a way round it. Good luck xx
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