Will CFS relapse ruin my career?

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I had CFS about a year and a half ago. Thought I'd beaten it until about a month ago, I went downhill again. Been to the doctors blood tests etc- no official diagnosis. Although this took 6 months last time.

However I'm currently training to be a teacher- the stress has probably caused a relapse. I only have 8 weeks left of my course and am worried I will not be able to continue.

I just wanted some advice on small ways that can help make the fatigue better. I pretty much gave up work last time and only work short shifts. I won't be able to do this now, so looking for help.

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    Hi SKM, i am 6 months into my post viral fatigue, prior to super fit triathlete, i would say recently i have had alot more energy, i have been taking D-ribose 5g 3 times/day aswell as 200mg coq10(ubiquinone) with meals. Took about 2 weeks for me to feel it was helping. And lord knows i need all the help i can get. Oh, also try some rhodiola rosea.
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    I would really recommend trying a range of supplements as there's no official treatment widely available for cfs, but many people feel a lot better taking certain other things. D-ribose powder (5grams three times a day) is reported to make some peoples fatigue a lot better and I must admit I do think I have felt some improvement. For me though "Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid Capsules" from Holland and Barretts has made the biggest impact, I take 1 or 2 a day and they really help all my symptoms. Also try to keep stress to a minimum which I know can be hard. Rhodiola Rosea is supposed to be good for stress and anxiety, both of which can exaccerbate symptoms. 
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    Well, stress is not good, and neither is worry. Minimizing both of these can make the fatigue better. I know it can be hard, but worrying about whether you can continue your course is counterproductive with this illness. So my advice: to whatever it takes to get rest and promote relaxation. Some ways are yoga, meditation, biofeedback, exercise, listening to music...Also, good nutrition. And the supplements recommended in other posts here.
  • Posted

    excellant post by jackie, except I had to keep off the exercise,now 40yrs down the

    road from picking cfs up, and able to do 90% of  normal everyday activities, the

    lack of doing yoga over the yrs means a build up of calsium in joints and restricts me

    from 100% normal life, many posters ask is  anxiety/stress as a possible cause

    of cfs, this is not the case, but still a very difficult burden adding to all other problems, but deep breathing exercise/meditation help to get your confidence back,I have helped disabled teenagers, to get onto solid careers, via specialist

    training courses, to work in IT & Accounts etc most important is rebuilding confidence, parents need to adapt to what interests the kids, adultsmay have to

    change careers to suit illness



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