Posted 12/31/2005 8:43 AM (GMT -6)
If you are suffering from cfs, ME, appalling headache's, extreme fatigue, ibs, I know how you feel. Around 6 months ago I was diagnosed by my doctor with cfs, and posted several times in this forum with my dispair (refer back several months to see). ME what is it? I researched every minute of the day on the internet to find out as much about this illness as possible, as if my doctor could not cure me I would certainly do everything to help myself. For 3 months I did not work, sat around, had no energy (previously was very sporty, ran London marathon) serious headaches just like a hangover, but worse. I was beside myself, felt everything just slipping away and there was nothing I could do about it. I too was convinced I should have an MRI scan, as my memory was awful, I could never remember anything...brain fog is what I was told I had. My doctor told me the winter months would be tough, and to get through this time I had to remain strong and positive.
With little progress being made, I returned to my surgeory and requested to see another doctor. I chatted my situation through with him and he asked if I wanted to try an anti-depressant. My first thoughts were NO, as I had read on many sites such as this, that cfs was not depression and doctors just did not understand, do not resort to chemicals..e.t.c But on second thoughts, i felt it was worth a pop...hey, what do i have to lose?
Within a day of taking my fist pill I felt a sensation of relief and feeling that I had not had for a long time. Surely I was not depressed...I'm not, or am I? Could depression do this to me? As the days went on, it all began to make more sense, and the better I felt. My energy has now returned, I am back exercising, working and back to normal life. I'm not saying it has not taken time, and also effort on my behalf, and I'm not saying its the answer to everyone out there, but it has been the answer to my dose of cfs..I know many of you reading this have been diagnosed with cfs. I remember not long ago, doing liver flushes, reading about the water cure (which did actually help) taking so many different meds, vitamins, immune boosting supplements, and nothing really helping whats so ever.
I'm not saying cfs does not exist, that was one of the most frustraing things to hear when diagnosed with this condition, but in my case this was not the illness....
Happy New Year, and whatever your illness I hope you recover and get well soon.