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My mother unfortunately contracted shingles around the beginning of October. While the rash has cleared, she suffered severe nerve pain afterwards. Though her nerve pain has gotten lots better (pain level dropped from a 10 to a 2 most of the time), she always seems VERY exhausted. In the beginning (at around December 2017), she felt so weak that it was hard for her to come downstairs to eat food. it was a battle for her make it to the bathroom, and other days she would lie motionless in bed without being able to talk, even. Now she is able to come downstairs and eat, she can bathe and do laundry and even wash some dishes/do light chores that don't require too much strength. She has no problem sleeping (around 7 hours a night) and if she starts feeling weak, some rest and high calorie food helps give her energy. While she hasn't made full recovery, she is certainly in a much better position and can walk around and lift 3 lb weights to exercise her arms, which felt weak.
However, she has become EXTREMELY sensitive to sounds, gets frightened even at the thought of the door opening suddenly or the faucet running. She hates loud noises so much and cannot function around them. I am not sure what to do about this, and this just happened suddenly about a month and a half ago. Such noises trigger anxiety and panic and it's hard for us because we have a 5 year old in the house.
Here are my questions: what is the difference between post viral fatigue syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome? Is one more likely to resolve than the other? What can we do to help her recover, and is it possible to recover? Does it seem like my mother is on the track to full recovery? How do I know it is not simply anxiety that is causing the sensitivities to loud noise?
Please help, I am at a loss.
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