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Posted By : JenJen1976 - 4/23/2017 3:55 AM
Hi I'm new here. I have rheumatoid arthritis & very exhausted. What are the symptoms of chronic fatigue? I go to bed exhausted n wake up same way. Can't stay awake a whole day & mega head fog sad

Posted By : BabsBunny - 5/3/2017 12:59 PM
JenJen1976 said...
What are the symptoms of chronic fatigue? (

If I'm not mistaken, Chronic Fatigue IS a symptom. What people can't always figure out is the reason - hormones? viruses? bacterial infections?

I used to have a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning. My doctor said I was depressed and filled me with antidepressants. It made me worse. I finally saw a naturopath who diagnosed me with adrenal fatigue, put me on natural supplements to raise my cortisol levels, and VOILA. I could get up in the morning! No nasty pharmaceuticals, no side effects! And I slept better than I have in years. I also benefited from treating my thyroid and sex hormones (got blood testing done to find that certain numbers were too low/too high and treated them accordingly).

Then I got hit with Lyme disease and everything went whacky again. It also affects sleep, concentration, muscles, joints, and just about everything. So I have to treat that first, then continue dealing with the other systems.

Good luck!

Posted By : straydog - 5/3/2017 6:56 PM
Hi JenJen & welcome to Healing Well. I have limited knowledge about CFS, however I suggest that you go the & do some reading. They have a list of symptoms & explain how it is a process of elimination of other potential problems. Please check out their site very informative.

I do wonder if your RA may have some role in this along with of the meds you are taking for this. Take care.
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Posted By : Blueskies7 - 5/16/2017 10:51 PM
Here's a great list of CFS symptoms:

"Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a severe, complex, acquired illness with numerous symptoms related mainly to the dysfunction of the brain, gastro-intestinal, immune, endocrine and cardiac systems.
ME has been classified as a neurological disorder in the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD 10 G93.3) since 1969."

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