I suffer from chronic fatigue. Fortunately I do not get any pain and do not have fibromyalgia. This was the closest community I could join. In July 2007 I had Bells Palsy and shortly afterwards my energy levels reduced dramatically over the coming months. I took two months off work intially thinking it was burnout. My energy levels have been up and down ever since and have had to take days off work because of it, however I have been able to stay in full time employment. The most recent event just a fortnight ago my energy levels dropped to the point I could not walk back from lunch to work.
I have taken the past week off, hopefully I can go back to work next week. When my energy levels drop to those levels anxiety sets in. Likewise if I have been feally fatigued for some time and dwell on it a lot and think the worst. Sometimes I put it down to chronic fatigue other times I think something worse is wrong with me. Not having a clear understanding of what is wrong with me is difficult to deal and very frustrating.
On the whole I am a positive person and make the most out of life, always have and will try to continue to do so.
I think what really brought the fatigue was not the Bells Palsy but burning the candles at both ends for quite some time. I have always been very driven in work, exercised hard and binged drinked on weekends. Never given myself enough time to rest. I never used to set myself any limits. Feeling fatigued has forced me to set limits, this is difficult as this is not my natural make up. Over the past year and half it has taken this long to make sense of it all. I have gone through cycles were I start to feel good and then push myself a bit (too much) more and this does not help.
Acupuncture and changing from a high carb to protein diet has helped. I am ready for phase II and want to regain my health fully. I need to put all the pieces together at the same time and take it slowly. Happy to hear from anyone. I wish you all well.
I have been reading a book called Fatigued to Fantastic that I recommend by Dr. T Jacob Teitelbaum (website: www.endfatigue.com)
Jan 24, 2009
Sep 15, 2011