symptoms fluctuating constantly thru day...?

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 4/26/2005 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I was online today and came across a giant checklist of various symptoms, after checking off those that apply to me I came up with over 80!!! Of course some of them occured for a short period of time (such as severe stomach pain for 9 days) then went away. I'm not sure if these are considered symptoms or not... anyone know if they're medically relevant? Some symptoms only last for a short period but continue to recur, such as tingling in the hands and feet and my right thumb goes completely numb,the top half, usually after I go golfing for some reason. Are these relevant?

Last but not least, I've noticed that most days my fatigue, fever, feeling of malaise, sore throat and tender lymph nodes, mental fog, shortness of breath mostly fluctuate throughout the day. In the morning, if i wake up feeling ok I drop by the afternoon, then the headaches and fever start rapidly. My temp can turn from normal to a fever in less than half an hour.My fatigue levels definitely jump all day. When I focus on something and am busy, even reading, I get extremely exhausted and yawn almost constantly (annoying because the yawning causes my eyes to water), but when I stop and relax for a while, watch t.v or whatever I feel better after 30-60 minutes. But as soon as I get up I get exhausted again in a short period. Is this typical? Does anyone else experience this? Does this mean my CFS isn't too severe? Thx guys!!

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 4/27/2005 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again birdchic,
Your symptoms do sound typical, unfortunately :-(
At this time, with no way to definitively diagnose CFS, there is also no way to measure the degree or severity of one's illness. The only way to discuss it, is by how disabling are one's symptoms. Those who can no longer work, or maintain their typical responsibilities or activity level, and/or are receiving disability payments, might be considered to have have a bad or severe case. And those who can still work at least part time, or otherwise maintain a modified version of their typical activity level, might be thought to have a mild case. But the bottom line is how it affects you personally. It's not so important how well or not well everyone else is. I don't mean to sound cold, but just don't see how comparison might be helpful. And how many symptoms one might have is more or less irrelevant. One might only exhibit say 10 symptoms, yet be bedridden with fatigue. Or one might be able to count 80 symptoms, like yourself, yet they are either very mild or limited, not ongoing, temporary symptoms.

Sorry I can't give you any more helpful info, but such is the nature of this illness, unfortunately. But hang in there! You have only just begun this journey (with CFS), and there is much you have to learn. But I feel certain that with a little commitment, you will be able to discover things that will make a big difference. You won't always be affected as you are now! Fluctuation and change is more the rule than the exception!

Take care :-)
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Date Joined Nov 2004
Total Posts : 23
   Posted 4/29/2005 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
i find that folic acid, potassium, B 12, B 6, multi vitamin and flax seed oil will help
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