My son is only 16 and we are now supposing he has CFS. Up until he got sick, he was in amazing shape, a highly trained athlete who was working out every day. He go a really nasty flu-like virus late last Spring, which knocked him out for about
11 days (he missed a lot of school). it wasn't EBV/MONO or CMV, as he has now been tested for everything under the sun. Immediatly after he recovered from his illness, he began noticing some muscle weakness in his arms (just slightly). He ignored this because it wasn't too significant at that point. Then he realized it was more of a muscle fatigue and was gradually gettting worse. He became ill again by July and noticed the same muscle fatigue in his legs, in addition to his arms. Eventually it became really debilitating andhe had to quit excercising all together. Eventually this escalated to overall fatigue. He came down with a horrible case of strep in September, just before school started, which had him in bed for about
12 days. He has recovered from the strep, butthe underlying severe fatigue and muscle fatigue has persisited, along with several other symptoms now which are blured vision and concentration and memory problems. We are trying to help him to hang in there this semester (his very important junior year) and not drop out of school. The problem is, if he stays, he may completely screw up his good GPA because he is having a hard time functioning. If he drops out, he may get worse and just spiral.... We are so worried about
him, and his doctors don't have any idea how to help him. They are just caling this a "post-viral syndrome" which they hope will just go away on his own. In the meantime, his life is falling apart and he is becomeing angry and frustrated, not just because he can no longer participate in any sports, or any physical activities (because it kills him to do so) but also, now, because he can't even think straight. He can't even concentrate enough to play video games, which is pretty pathetic
My husband, who is a physician, whose specialty is not related to treating these types of illnesses, thinks CFS is definitely autoimmune and has wondered about
the benefit of a Prednisone taper. Has anyone else out these had success with steriod treatment? Thanks so much, in advance.