What I didn't include is how I frequently get mild headaches pretty frequently, usually attributing them to waiting too long to eat, and how I often have a mild sore throat and mildly sore and swollen glands under my jaw (thus the "double chin" that comes and goes). I generally assume that I'm fighting off some sort of infection and start taking a bunch of zinc and vitamin C. I usually don't actually get sick when this happens. I asked my boyfriend how often I say, "I think I'm coming down with something", and he said once or twice a week. :-S
Posted 5/9/2007 5:10 AM (GMT -7)
After the psychiatrist mentioned CFS and I looked into it, I found these checklists for risk and diagnostic criteria:

[quote]RISK FACTORS/MARKERS

__x__ Female gender
____ A family history of CFS or fibromyalgia
__x__ Having a family or personal history of other conditions, including:
__?__ Irritable Bowel Syndrome
____ Endometriosis
____ Thyroid disease – hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism
__x__ Mood disorder
__x__ Chronic or persistent nasal symptoms/sinusitis/sinus infections
____ Ear infections (particularly with CFS)
____ Hysterectomy (particularly with CFS)
__x__ Miscarriage
__x__ Irregular Menstrual Cycle
____ Ovarian Cysts
__?__ Mononucleosis/Glandular fever
____ Epstein-Barr Virus

____ Having had a recent infection
__x__ Family or personal history of autoimmune disease.
__x__ Physical Injuries/Trauma
____ Hypermobile Joints
____ Toxic Exposures
__x__ Severe Life Stress
__x__ Type A Personality
____ Recent Immunizations/Vaccinations
____ Use of medications/drugs known to have a link to CFS/Fibromyalgia (full overview provided in Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia )

SYMPTOMS

CFS Symptoms -- Official Criteria

The official criteria for CFS include the following symptoms:

__x__ Fatigue that is medically unexplained; of new onset; lasts at least six months; is not the result of ongoing exertion; is not substantially relieved by rest; and causes a substantial reduction in activity levels.

Plus, four or more of the following symptoms:
__x__ substantially impaired memory/concentration
__x__ sore throat
__x__ tender neck or armpit lymph nodes
__x__ muscle pain
__?__ headaches of a new type, pattern or severity
__x__ unrefreshing sleep
__x__ relapse of symptoms after exercise (also known as post-exertional malaise) that lasts more than 24 hours
____ pain in multiple joints without joint swelling or redness.
Posted 5/9/2007 1:30 PM (GMT -7)
Hi charismatic_irony and welcome. I'm sorry that you have been having symptoms for so long and that you really haven't gotten any answers. A lot of times when docs can't figure out what is wrong, they like to suggest that depression is causing all the symptoms. I was like you and knew that I wasn't depressed and that the only reason my mood was down at all was because I didn't have the energy to do the things I loved to do. I can't really be of much help with stimulants and cfs - I haven't read anything about it, but it's something to talk to your doctor about . In your checklist, you have a lot of symptoms of cfs, so it does look very possible that you could have it. I'm not a medical professional at all, but when I first got lupus symptoms, my doctor talked to me about the possibility of having MS, which fortunately I didn't have. SOme symptoms of MS do include blurry vision, weakness and some cognitive problems (brain fog, memory, etc) and MS can cause severe fatigue. It's worth talking to your doctor about if you haven't already. As you can see, it's so hard to diagnose diseases with these symptoms because they are present in a lot of illnesses and it can be a long road by using the process of elimination. Let us know if you have other questions. I'm glad you joined us and hope that you'll find support here. Take care Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985 Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 10mg ; Neurontin 300mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Restasis eye drops   Clickable:   LUPUS INFORMATION & LUPUS RESOURCES . Please allow HealingWell to continue helping others by donating: https://www.healingwell.com/donate/   Co-Moderator: Lupus and CFS Forums
Posted 5/10/2007 7:15 AM (GMT -7)
Thanks Hippimom2. I have had an MRI to look for signs of MS, and there weren't any. I have a sleep study coming up in a few weeks, so maybe I'll get some answers there. I can't believe I'm saying this... I hope I have narcolepsy!

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