Post Viral Fatigue?

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About 8 weeks ago, I had a horrics flu that lead into a very bad cold for about 3 weeks time. Probably the sickest iv been in many years. After my initial symptoms cleared up (runny nose, fevers, cough, blocked ears etc), I have been left with some very odd symptoms:

- Increase of anxiety/depression

- Loss of appetite

- Muscle twitches, pains (mostly in legs but sometimes arms)

- Waking up at odd hours

- Feeling spaced out

- The will to do nothing (it feels like an effort to do anything)

Does this sounds like post viral fatigue? I just find it odd how it all started right after my flu.

I am still able to go to work and do gym, however its an effort for me.

I just dont feel right at all.

Any advice will greatly help!

Stats: 28 male Australia, healthy, no family history of any sickness.

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    Before you can even begin to think of ME/CFS, you need to get complete bloodwork to make sure nothing else is going on. But on the chance that it is ME/CFS, you need to stop pushing yourself. That's one way that this illness worsens and can become chronic and debilitating. Your symptoms sound very familiar to me, but I wouldn't jump to cany conclusions until you've had the bloodwork and seen an ME/CFS specialist (a rheumatologist or  infectionious disease specialist). 
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      Hi Jackie,

      I forgot to mention that iv had complete blood work done, including thyroid and a viral swab. All came back totally normal! 

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      Hi Xen. sorry to hear of your exhaustion.   i suggest  you ask your Doc  to have your b12 & Folate levels checked as well as checking for Coeliac disease. it's sensible to eliminate the basics first. as Jackie has said, i'd go easy on the exercise until u know the cause of your exhaustion. 


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      Then you may well have this illness. Take it easy! The single most important thing to do is to rest and pace yourself. At very least, lay off the exercise. Also, do see a specialist.
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    Hello xen,

    Please read the post "post viral symtons".

    This is exactly what I was dealing with.



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