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My doctor said, several years ago, that he feels I have chronic fatigue syndrome.I've had just about every test possible, and nothing shows up. In 1996, I had a viral infection(swollen glands, sore throat, weakness, dizziness, etc.) that attacked some of my joints and my inner ears. Some of the tiny, sensitive hairs in my inner ears are destroyed, so I'm left with some hearing loss, ringing ears, and pulsatile tinnitus (hearing my heartbeat in my ears...very tough to deal with). Also still get vertigo occasionally. I also have allergies year round, but all I use for it is saline nasal spray and Flonase. Since Flonase causes anxiety to get worse, I'm trying to taper off that, or use it less. I feel very tired a lot of the time, and I have to rest often.
My questions are these: I have a lot of the same symptoms as many of you, but I also have dry eye and my eyes get very small (swollen) a lot. I keep using eyedrops every few hours, but still, they are red and tear up a lot. Also get headaches.Is that a symptom of CFS? I feel somewhat groggy at times, have plugged ears, and pressure sensations on the top of my head. Are those symptoms of CFS? And, I don't really have confusion or memory problems, but when I have to go somewhere, I find it hard just to walk and Just wondering if some of you can relate.
My doctor says all I can do is exercise, maybe walk 20 minutes a day. But I'm 75, have arthritis in one knee, and daily heart palpitations that get worse when I'm more active. Also when it's 90+ degrees and humid outside, (or below zero), I don't feel much like walking. Does exercise really help you if you chronic fatigue syndrome?
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