Ahhhh good old Chronic Fatigue Syndrome aka CFS. These past few days CFS just hit me out of the blue as per usual. I have learned to detect the “warning signs” for me. I start feeling “flu like” with a slight headache that nothing relieves, my glands in my throat and tonsils feel “feverish” and a bit sore and keeping my eyes open is next to impossible. It’s taken me quite a while just to type this little bit so far…I keep dozing off.
I remember what “normal” tiredness felt like and I can tell you…..CFS is not it. Not even anywhere near the category of normal tiredness. CFS is a nasty cycle and until it runs it course from days to weeks on end the best you can do is ride the storm of exhaustion. Your concentration levels run from super slow to ADD like. Mine at the moment is forgetfulness and some aphasia . I can think what I need to say but when I open my mouth to talk, not so much. I come off sounding like a babbling goof ball.
Make sure you listen to your body. Your body will tell you to go lie down and rest but your brain will tell you to “stop being lazy”and go get this and that done. We’ll safe that for another blog post. You CANNOT feel guilty for your lack of energy…chronic illness has a “mind” of its on and your mind will put a lot of pressure on you to do things to the point of “over doing thingt” and you will pay for it even longer.
Pace yourself and be patient with yourself.
Chronic fatigue syndrome has eight official symptoms, plus the central symptom that gives the condition its name:
- Loss of memory or concentration
- Sore throat
- Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
- Headache of a new type, pattern or severity
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms often I would recommend bringing your doctor into the picture just to be on the safe side. I myself and writing to you in bed with my laptop and my eyes closing every few seconds.
Be well and tell me, how do you deal with CFS?
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