I think my husband might have CFS?

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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure how to start? My husband was always quick witted, smiling, pulling pranks on friends, working a full time job, (that he loved) , a very patient father & a wonderful mate for me. These days it is all he can do to walk into the store that he used to work at. His life now consists of sleeping, he can't even walk from one room in the house to the other without having to rest afterwords, yawning constantly, unable to remember much, crippling headaches, dazed, withdrawn, irritable, doctor visits after doctor visits & emergency rooms. All the doctors he has or was seeing have told him that they have done all they can for him. He needs to be treated for depression, he was treated for depression & is not getting any better. They told him he had high blood pressure, he was treated for that & is still sick. they told him to get treated for his diabetes,& his numbers are great ,They told him to have his blood pressure checked. Blood pressure is doing great but he is still sick. pretty much they have tried everything at least once but to no avail. We live in small town Mississippi and I feel CFS is something they do not want to admit exists, at least it feels that way to me. they act as if he is another one of those horrible people trying to scam the disability programs. All of his test come back normal and according to them he should be as well but that just isn't the case. Any help would be greatly appreciated. sad

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   Posted 8/11/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I have fibromyalgia, and I know that it doesn't show up in blood work or in xrays. I am imagining that chronic fatigue is the same when there is no disorder or disease causing it. I would scout around for another doctor and get another opinion. Though chronic fatigue does go along with depression.

I don't imagine that I am much help at this point, hopefully some of the other wonderful members of this forum will come along and give you some advice.

Best wishes for your husband and yourself.

hugs, Karen...
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   Posted 8/11/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I was finally OFFICIALLY dx'd with fibro, cfs and cebv in June this year. It took going to a good, knowledgable rheumatologist who ordered more specialized testing to rule out other diseases or conditions that may have been causing all my symptoms. There is no single definitive test for fibro or cfs so a diagnosis is delivered only after other possibilities are ruled out. I've experienced all of those symptoms you've mentioned above and I know from experience it can be so exasperating and frustrating to have so many questions and so few answers. I've also been dx'd with hypothyroid, high blood pressure, heart arrythmia and testosterone deficiency at one point in time or another.....all possible sources of at least some of those symptoms.....and take meds to keep all that fun stuff under control. Even with the meds, the symptoms still continued making a visit to a specialist - a rheumatologist referred by my PCP - absolutely necessary for much more in-depth testing. Before seeing her, all of my tests run by my pcp were normal as well.....the tests she ran showed some indicators for the diagnoses I received. CFS and fibro have so many symptoms that mimic other diseases and conditions that it may seem like you are looking for the proverbial "needle in a haystack".

Hang in there and try not to get discouraged.....it might take a little more time and it may take going to a larger city (maybe Biloxi or another larger city) to find the right doctor to give the proper diagnosis and treatment. Good luck to you and please let us know how this is progressing.

Gentlest of hugs,
John (53)
Dx'd June 2008 with Fibromyalgia & CFS  possibly caused by chronic Epstein-Barr virus (many years of ongoing symptoms.....recently worsening)......also, previously dx'd sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypothyroid, low testosterone, high cholesterol, heart arrythmia & headaches (all types)
Several meds too numerous to list or remember!

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   Posted 8/13/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
even if it is CFS treatment is out there now..dont get hopelesss....try out reading more about Marshall Protocol ...tell your doctor about it....:)..Wv wont give up that easy...:)
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