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originally posted by: GaryN
It could well be that there are so many attacks on our bodies from so many different directions that it is a combination of effects,
originally posted by: Bluesma
I am bookmarking this thread.... I am having symptoms that suggest Chronic Fatigue as well as Fibromyalgia , but I am too scared to accept that it is something like that yet. I am still working on tweeking diet and trying different activities to make it better- I hate the idea that I might have something that is so untreatable.
My husband works in the medical world and tells me that doctors even wave certain patients off between themselves as being "Fibros" , meaning basically, without any hope of a clear diagnosis or treatment. "Don't bother".
It all started after I started working in a hospital, and there were two women before me who came down with these symptoms in the past at this job, and had to leave, but are referred to vaguely as if they were just hypochondriacs or something.
I am getting used to constant pain and fatigue at some level, I adapt as it gets worse, and say nothing now. But sometimes I can't sleep at night, and sometimes I run to the bathroom to cry. I pray that it will just get better and I won't end up with something so hopeless!
My thoughts and prayers go out to those who are already at that point.
originally posted by: TheCounselor
a reply to: earthblaze
Listening to everyone, I count myself very lucky to have a doctor that believed more in Chronic Fatigue than I did. To be honest, I just recently had to come to the realization that something was wrong, though I was told this since 2002.
I felt I was humoring this doctor with his "Ebstein Barr" and Mycoplasma malarky because He could prescribe with antibiotics that would help.
It keeps coming back though. I keep pushing myself when I'm tired. That could be part of the problem.
At least this doctor I go to has economy in mind, he's never prescribed anything ridiculously expensive.
He feels it's a chronic case of Ebstein Barr, and the level of mycoplasmas in the system, that somehow I can't find off, drains the system. I just can't seem to shake it permanently though.
originally posted by: earthblaze
a reply to: bkaust
Hi. Currently there is no test for chronic fatigue syndrome so the diagnosis is one of exclusion (of other illnesses). I am lucky as I was diagnosed at 9 months. I have heard of people having to wait 2-3 years for a diagnosis, 9 years is an awfully long time. Have you looked on the CFS/ME Australian Organization website? It may help you to find a local specialist.
Researchers also look to the neurological functions behind fear and panic attacks to find an explanation. Some believe that when this fear system in the brain is overused -- when it is called into action too intensely or too often -- it becomes excessively sensitive so that only small triggers set it off [source: Bourne]. Others note that when you are tired, your brain produces sodium lactate or carbon dioxide. When sodium lactate or carbon dioxide levels increase, the brain mistakenly believes you are suffocating and sends signals to increase your breathing rate to get more oxygen [source: Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders]. This can trigger a panic attack.
Another theory has to do with the neurotransmitters serotonin and gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), which play a part in calming the brain [source: Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders]. People who suffer from panic disorder appear to have fewer serotonin receptors than others [source: NIMH]. Medications that increase the supply of serotonin and GABA, which we'll discuss more in the treatment page, prove effective in combating panic disorder.
originally posted by: amraks
Can scoliosis cause chronic fatigue syndrome?
I have scoliosis of the spine and its been like this for 15 years.
My sleeping patterns are like insomnia, I feel more refreshed in the afternoon.
some days I really struggle to get out of bed as I get these aches in my muscles.