My doctor will not diagnose me with CFS even though I have every symptom and it had affected me emotionally, physically and mentally. I know I have suffered with this for years and the more I try to explain this to my doctor the more he thinks its lack of exercise. I think deep down he thinks it is laziness but that would be unprofessional for him to say.
Every since I was little I loved sleep. I could never get enough of it. 12-14 hours a day were not enough for me. It would cause my school work to suffer. I would be so sleepy in school that they thought I was a day dreamer so I was subscribed Ritalin. This helped my focus some. When I got home from school I would crash on the couch and sleep for hours afterwards not having much time to do my school work. I would wake up in the mornings feeling tired and weak. Like I had not slept in years but I actually slept well. After I graduated from school and went on to college I was still suffering from this. No matter how much sleep I go it was not enough. Always feeling weak, flu like. I started missing class because sleep was more important to me at the time. I finally dropped out and started working two jobs. Trying to stay so busy to convince myself that I was not lazy. I really wanted to work and succeed but there were some days when I would wake up and my body said it was not going anywhere. I would have to call into work because I could barely stand I was so tired.
Now I am a Stay at home mom of two kids and I still have this issue. No matter how much or how little of sleep I get it is not enough to function on a normal life. I have tried and tried to exercise which I enjoy doing when I have the time and I feel good while doing it. But after an hour I get really sleepy again and I get bad headaches. After months and months of working out and this still continues I know I have a problem. My memory is horrible, I can not properly function, I am tired and sleepy all the time, I feel weak like I am coming down with something, muscle tiredness, etc... It is affecting my relationships with people, has affected my work ethic, my schooling in the past, my ability to commit to anything. I am really concern that all these years I have suffered from CFS and now that I discovered this is what I may have my doctor seems to overlook this and thinks I am crazy for bringing it up.