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Can anyone help me?
I’ve been living with fatigue now for almost 2 years which started approximately 2 months before I was diagnosed with Cancer, at the time. I went on to have the tumour removed and received further treatment through chemotherapy which all ended about 14-15 months ago. Since then I’ve continued to live with a mild form of tiredness and fatigue which didn’t affect my life too much as well as short term memory issues, since the chemo.
Until recently I wasn’t too concerned, believing that it was all part of getting better, however about 5 weeks ago things took a sudden turn for the worst and completely out of nowhere. Every day has become a struggle since. I’m concerned that I may have a form of Chronic Fatigue.
At the moment I am having tests done, the recent blood tests haven’t given any indicators to what this could be. I believe that they checked the lot, including signs of anaemia, thyroid, diabetes, hormone levels and for cancer markers, as well as cell count and organ function etc.
To describe a new average day would go something like this:
I get up having had 7-8 hours sleep, feeling tiered and exhausted. By around 8:30 I am sat at my desk at work nursing a cup of coffee and trying to go through my emails. By around mid morning my muscles (arms and legs) start to feel heavy and tingle by lunch time they are aching badly and movement becomes slow and stiff. On days that I try to push on, the muscles start to burn. I go home and lay down for a period of 2-3 hours, often I will sleep. I wake up still feeling tiered but my muscles are better and I can do light activities in the evening.
Any form of activities such as house work or walking to the shop has become exhausting and need to rest afterwards. I try to plan my days and any activities to be completed in the morning, which appears to be where I am at my best due to muscle pains. Walking a few miles is all I can manage; if I push beyond that I start to feel wobbly and unbalanced. I do get headaches and I am sometimes sensitive to light. Most daily activities and tasks leave’s me short of breath.
I’m no longer convinced that the fatigue experienced is part of the natural recovery process. I don’t understand why the existing symptoms have suddenly become much worst. Other issues I have is abdominal pains, mostly around the appendix area which if I am honest started several months ago, which was checked out back then and no cause was established. Until recently the pain although came on sharp became a dull ache and I put it down to pulled muscles. The pain is back and has been for several weeks.
Other issues is concentration, even with activities and tasks that I enjoy. Reading is becoming problematic as I cannot recall what I’ve just read.
Does anyone have a similar story to me?
could this be CFS?
Thank you for reading
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