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I've been reading lots about cfs & am rather confused as to whether my symptoms are due to it or not.
For the past month I have had fatigue, migraine like headaches, weak feeling limbs, dizzy episodes, mainly when standing but occasionally whilst seated. fuzzy feeling in my head, intermittent sore throat & a very tender, slightly enlarged node in my neck.
For 2 months prior to this I had been trying to increase my fitness level by doing a lot of hill walking at quite a fast pace & the day before the start of the symptoms I had walked for miles along the Anglesey coastal path, up & down hills & steps!
The first 2 weeks I had symptoms every day but was able to potter around at home but latterly have had minimal headaches & less frequent episodes of dizziness & can do more & go out for short walks.
The NICE guidelines for ME state that.....
" a diagnosis of M.E. should be reconsidered if none of the following key features are present:
post-exertional fatigue or malaise
chronic pain. "
Yes I have the first two but don't really have any sleep problems & I have some pain, due to arthritis but I wouldn't call it chronic in that sense.
Generally I wake up feeling ok & symptoms usually start within 15 mins of being up although can take up to a couple of hours to develop. Some days I have no symptoms at all.
I had a nasty virus in January, with a cough & similar symptoms to above, which required me to take 2 weeks off work.
Since then I've had 3 or 4 episodes of mild symptoms lasting only a day or 2 each.
This year I have been under a lot of stress with change of job, 2 bereavements of close family members & my mum has been very ill & hospitalised for 4 months.
When I think back I have had similar symptoms for 2-3 days at a time, every couple of months or so, for about 7 years. I'm a nurse & worked nights at that time so attributed the symptoms to that & disruption to my body clock.
2 years ago I had a general anaesthetic & for 3 weeks following that I had exactly the same symptoms I've described in the 1st paragraph. I'm aware that GA's can cause relapses of cfs.
I have had every blood test under the sun, 2 weekly covid swabs at work, & covid antibody test....all have come back ok.
So far my GP has said "lets just see how it goes for a few weeks"
Apologies for such a drawn out post but feel like I'm going round in circles with the information on the internet so am interested to know if anyone has had a similar experience & also does cfs present itself like this ie. getting worse over a long period of time?
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