I'm...um...busy? (translation: too tired)

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 9/24/2006 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum.  I'm not sure if I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome per se, but I am exhausted after an 8 hour work day during the week days, and am really unable to ever do anything after work except eat dinner and go to bed.  Then, on the weekend, I am still pretty useless on Saturdays.  I feel like I am recovering from my work week.  The only day I am really able to do anything is Sunday.  It is really difficult to make appointments or arrangements with anyone, ever. I mean, I CAN meet with someone during the week, but it makes me VERY tired the rest of the week. If I do have to make appointments or meetings, I try to make them on a Mon, when I am still relatively rested from the weekend.
At this point, when trying to arrange appointments or meet w/ people, I am in the habit of saying I have a busy schedule. My health issues are really nobody's business, and I've found explaining that I am busy is much more easily accepted as an explanation.  I guess, really, the word "busy" is relative.  Working 40 hours a week is considered "busy" in my book.
Your thoughts?

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 5403
   Posted 9/24/2006 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi early2bed and welcome to the forum. Have you been diagnosed with CFS yet? The amount of fatigue you have definitley sounds like you have something going on - what does your doctor think? I had to quit working recently because my life consisted of trying to recover on my days off so I could go to work (and I only worked part time).

It's really up to you how much you want to share with others about your health problems. The people who are close to me know I am sick, but it's not something I bring up in casual converstation. My co-workers and my boss knew because some accomodations had to be made for me at work because I had gotten so sick.

It's so hard to find a balance in life when you are chronically sick and I understand and relate to what you are talking about when you talk about appointments and meeting with people. It can be really hard for healthy people to understand why we can't do so many of the normal everyday things that they take for granted.

Let us know if you have any other questions. Take care and I'm glad you joined.
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 44
   Posted 9/30/2006 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thats pretty much the medical definition of 'mild' chronic fatigue. ie you have about enough energy to do essential things like working and chores b ut none left over for socialising and hobbies.

Certainly go and see your doctor about it but Id also spend one one of those Sundays when you feel alright really researching your condition and looking at possible treatments. A change of diet helps many people to some extent and theres certainly a lot of different ones you can try though youll need a fair amount of self discipline to do it when you get home wore out and just want to throw something in the microwave

Personally I find paroxetine to be extremely effective, I just saw my doctor again to get another prescription and she was amazed at the change in me, but different things work for different people through candida treatments to CBT.
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