Hi i'm new... Sorry about the subject! I guess its a pretty sore one for most people that suffer from CFS.
I'm still not diagnosed as having anything which makes me mad I guess and sometimes I feel like I should be put down, if I was an animal I think they would have by now.
I've suffered all my life with illnesses from the moment I was born. Had maybe 50 or 60 course if antibiotics in my lifetime and had my tonsils out 7 years ago after three years of constant tonsillitis which ended up in lots of steroids etc.
I'm in my early 30's I eat healthily and exercise although for the past 3.5weeks I have been unable to do any.
I've suffered from IBS symptoms since I was 14 and often don't know what the day brings stomach wise.
about 18 months ago I had an episode which to be honest is still ongoing now. I would go to bed and try to sleep but would spend most of the night, every night for at least 9 months with back and arm pain. My arms would go tingly and my neck and back would hurt. Sometimes my hips or my ankles would hurt. I'm not sure whether it was connected but I would spend hours with itchy skin, just like I had something crawling underneath it. This continued for a long time, the doctor tried to prescribe me anti depressants but I have refused, I don't want to take them as I did several years ago and they had adverse affects. Anyway to cut a long story short the aches and pains finally subsided and having nearly become addicted to sleeping tablets I managed to wean myself off and I get average sleep now.
During this time i've had bouts of nausea and vomiting, i've had swollen glands and had flu over New Year 07. Since the new year i've suffered with fatigue, I feel exhausted most of the time, sometimes when walking I don't feel like I can move one leg in front of the other. I've got a constant mild sore throat and feel foggy! I have stomach problems and I feel depressed. My eyes get so tired that they feel hot and dry. If I sleep I never feel refreshed.
I had a Hair strand test result which gave me "post retrovirus overload" what on earth that means I don't know!!!
This is the worst and longest period i've felt this way and I need some form of closure! I'm having blood tests, urine tests and scans on my stomach and womb a whole host of tests.
There is alot of cancer in my family and sometimes i feel like i'm a hypochondriac, but these symptoms are very real to me and after reading up on CFS I do wonder if i'm suffering from something similar....
How long did it take people on here to get diagnosed??