Hi Rothco, Welcome to the forum. I was never able to go back to work. I struggled with it day after day. To tired to get up, drug myself out of bed always late, up to 3 hours late. Then I felt so bad I couldn't stay at work, I would go home & crash. My sleep was totally unrefreshing. I felt like I hadn't even slept.
Over the last couple of years I have been dealing with my sleep issues & my pain & fatigue. I have found that good sleep is very important without the sleep you will continue to cycle down until your body says "no more". So, do you have a Doctor? Do you have a diagnosis? The first thing you need to address is your sleep. You need to take something for sleep or have a sleep study done or both. Sleep apnea is a familiar problem to those with CFS. I take cyclobenziprine (generic Flexeril), a muscle relaxant & Melatonin 5mg Sublingual, both for sleep. You may find that Melatonin is all you will need. It may take some time to find the right meds & dosage for you, so hang in there & work with your Physician.
I take a multi-vitamin, a B Complex for pain & B 12 Sublingual for energy. The B12 really helps me, I'm not running in marathons but I can do more & have more energy then before. Sublingual is dissolved under the tongue so it gets into the bloodstream faster. Make sure you check with your physician before you take anything, even something over the counter.
I wish I had an answer for you, I wish they would find the reason for CFS & find a cure. I hope you find some answers. Hugs, Denise
I have: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxietyMarried to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it. Prov. 25:11
Thanks for the advice. I am quite new to this, only diagnosed last Summer. I am on 20mg citalopram anti depressant. I have been thinking whether I should ask gp to increase this to help with the sleep? Although I am the type of person who prefer not to take any medicine (dont we all!) in case we get use to it..I found that stress at workload doesnt help with sleep. I normally wait up at least twice every night...no matter what time I go to bed. I am new to the idea of the forum and there is so much information to take in. How long do you sleep on a regular bases? Or is it still fairly erratic? x
I have: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it. Prov. 25:11
I've taken your advice and trying to explore different forums on the web. I've only started joining forums this March because of this illness. Before I don't have broadband except at work and only used the web for work. I know what you mean about finding a lot of advice and support from forum with lightminded people. I've just been told by my O Health that I've had a relapse and is unlikely to fully recover for September (I am a teacher) so part time is the way forward..take care.x