Skip to content
in this discussion +7 following
lindsey49039 lindsey49039

Unsure if I have Chronic Fatigue or Depression

Hi All

I'm confused as to whether I may have depression or chronic fatigue, I've been suffering with waking up feeling more tired then when I went to sleep for around 2 years, I also have headaches, tinnitus when run down, aches in my elbows and wrist and fingers, the worst thing I struggle to concentrate and forget things - I make a joke out of this as it's the only way I know how to deal with it, really I find it scary and embarrassing.  Iam still at work part time - 20

Hours a week but I find it too much and frequently need to lie down after picking the kids up from school.  Mostly I am able to do chores but sometimes I just don't have the energy it worsens when I'm


I am to take quite long walks and was able to introduce running in the summer for a week, I then didn't exercise for a while as I didn't have the oomph to do it, I tried a run again a couple of weeks back and the next day it floored me, I was completely woolly headed and had to go to bed straight after the kids have been picked up.

I am able to go out and socialise, and enjoy it when I'm out, but drinking and Or late night will cause me to become completely sedentary the next day.

The Doctor has tested me for everything under the sun, all tests are clear.  It's so frustrating as I need to be able to put a label on what's dragging me down and get help. 

The Doctor signed me off for a week with chronic fatigue and it's been a bad week, sleep pattern is disturbed, I've got a raging throat and headache, so fuzzy headed that I've scraped my car on a wall.  

Whilst I've been off I've been checking out books and sites to try and get help and I'm not so sure it's chronic fatigue as I'm not sure I would have managed to run in the summer at all? 

I've been shocked to find out that my symptoms are mild as I often find life difficult and I struggle.  I really feel for you guys as I realise that this is a totally debilitating disease.

Please let me know what your thoughts are as I'm confused and need some help but it needs to be the right help for the condition I've got

6 Replies

  • jenny19687 jenny19687 lindsey49039

    Have you obtained a copy of your blood test results? When you get them look for any borderline values like ferritin range is 15-200. They may say you are fine with ferritin of 22 but you will probably feel better mid range. 

    Also so if you still feel bad ask to repeat the tests early morning. 

  • cmann30 cmann30 lindsey49039

    TRUST YOUR GUT!!  To me, that sounds like a lot more than depression. ME is a shapeshifter and can absolutely cause depression. When things you love are ripped away and that,  despite ALL OF YOUR best efforts, you are still symptomatic,  it’s inconceivable how you would NOT feel depressed.  Please see my blog and maybe it can help in some small waysmile

    Moderator comment: I have removed the link(s) directing to site(s) unsuitable for inclusion in the forums. If users want this information please use the Private Message service to request the details.

  • jackie00198 jackie00198 lindsey49039

    I think there's a very high probability that you have ME/CFS. A red flag for this illness is that when you go outside of your "energy envelope," you crash. Difficulty concentrating, check. Tinnitus, check. Sore throat, headaches, aches, check. Disturbed sleep pattern, check. In other words, all the symptoms you describe are spot-on for ME/CFS. There's a huge range of severity for this illness. Some have it so mild they can still work full-time (lucky them). Some can still work part-time. Some are housebound (like me); some are bedridden. Of course, you could still be depressed, as would anyone dealing with all these symptoms. There is currently no cure for ME/CFS, but people can get better. To maximize your chances for recovery, pace yourself, and try to stay within your energy envelope. Do not push or try to exercise your way out of this. That can make you significantly worse and lessen chances for recovery. Do your best to keep calm and reduce stress or anxiety, and these can worsen symptoms. I use meditation and mindfulness to help with this. There are some drugs that work with subset of people, like low-dose Naltrexone and some anti-virals, like Valcyte. Gamma globulin infusions also work with some, though they are extremely expensive. By the way, ME/CFS is NOT simply chronic fatigue. The symptoms of chronic fatigue can happen with many illnesses, including cancer. ME/CFS is a very specific illness with specific core symptoms. 

    • lindsey49039 lindsey49039 jackie00198

      Hi Jackie, 

      Thanks for your response, sorry to hear that you are 'housebound'I hope that things will improve for you.  

      I have only been diagnosed with CFS last week and it's such a complex disease, some of my symptoms come and go and others remain a constant such as the unrefreshed sleep, tiredness, sore throats in the colder months and aches in joints on my arms and most nights I'm in bed around 8pm resting then sleep around 10ish.

      The others seem to make an appearance some more frequently then others,  head fog I get an episode of most days, headaches some days specially when the weather changes and also I don't know if this is related but I get really, really cold and struggle to warm up?  Also sometimes people talk to me and I just don't seem to hear them, could that be related?

      Thanks for your suggestions I will give meditation a go.   

  • debbie66909 debbie66909 lindsey49039

    This reply is waiting to be moderated

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

Already approved

You can't report this, it's already been approved by a moderator.

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.