Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Working, Career And Illness

May 2, 2016

Beginning to feel like "seamstress I am still finding my feet in coping with new diagnosis but my husband isn't really understanding the seriousness of my problems!

I am in a complete dilemma (ongoing for at least past couple of yrs) about my work/career. I know it contributes hugely to my stress which makes my symptoms so much worse and it is more than likely that work was a big trigger to developing my CFS/me.

All I ever wanted to do was become a nurse and I did so. Now been in nursing for almost 29yrs, more recently (past 10+ yrs) as a nurse in a GP surgery. Now my role is excessively demanding (nursing not alone in this, I totally agree!) and I find myself struggling to deal with "patients" as well as the politics and educational update requirements of the job day to day.

I know in my heart that I need to leave for my own health, not least being aware of my professional code that I have a responsibility to my patients care if I am not fully healthy myself!

I am struggling to find an alternative occupation and in itself, this causes me additional stress because I love being a nurse and can't imagine doing anything else! Anything else will require some form of adapting to, which I worry will still cause me stress. I also feel incredibly guilty and as if I am abandoning my nursing profession, plus all the patients; especially those with illnesses such as CFS/me and mental health disorders because there are little enough health professionals championing these conditions anyway!

My gut feeling is that I need a career break but then this creates anxiety within my family relationships, especially with my husband as he has several concerns:-

a) I will become depressed again if not working regularly and my "work ethic" will reduce!

b) It will affect our family income and, with our daughter due to start a four yr degree at uni from September, this has impact on our financial plans!

c) His own plans around him retiring in 2-3yrs (he has worked already 42yrs in same company and will be 60 in 2yrs)!

I am having an Occupational Health Assessment this week and am worried a little about this. My manager is fairly supportive and it is very helpful having advice and information from my local specialist CFS/me service. I am awaiting start of CBT but just don't know whether I should extend sick leave until therapy is in progress!

I am on the verge of going onto half-pay due to my sickness absence in the last year and this again, causes me increased stress!

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Genetic Testing To Rule Out Causes Of Fatigue?

I am just wondering whether anyone has had genetic testing to rule out causes of fatigue? Myself and my brother both suffer with extreme tiredness and I'm wondering if it's worth asking for it to be investigated down the genetic route.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: POTS With Sjogren's Syndrome

I have Primary Sjogren's Syndrome but was born Hypermobile. It was only after my present Rheumatologist diagnosed that I have scoliosis that I started to research. I found the Beighton Scale and the Brighton criteria which I match completely. I explained my research to my consultant and she agrees. However while she and another consultant both agree I do have POTS so far I don't have an appointment to see anyone to help me. I have had ECGS and a bubble ECG but they have been taken while lying down. Now the POTS I really noticed post the birth of my last son 29 years ago is getting much worse, can anyone advise me as it has taken decades to get this far, I don't feel time is on my side

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Or Fibromyalgia?

I'm a thirteen year old girl with an unhelpful doctor who literally doesn't want anything to do with me because I'm 'hard work' to diagnose. My family believes it's chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia or both. So that's the home treatment path I'm taking. My symptoms have been going for 6 months now and they are diarrhea, nausea, joint aches, headaches, fatigue, confusion, dizziness brain fog, tenderness, weakness and muscle pain. I've been tested for crohn's, ulcerative colitis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, parasites, dysbiosis, virus, infections and celiac disease. I also have eczema, restless legs, irritable bowel, anxiety and gastroesophageal reflux disease. I'm not under any stress at the moment.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Holiday With ME/CFS

Just wondered how other people cope with the family holiday. Being out of your normal routines and in a new place perhaps. What do you put in place to help you cope?

Being at home knackered is one thing but being in a caravan, apartment or hotel etc. is much different. Having to be mobile and do holiday stuff with the kids, can and is an overload for my system. Do you avoid going away because of things like this or is it just me?

The last 10-day holiday we took has taken me 4 months to get over! (Moreover, I was still feeling rough after 4 months…) I know I am lucky to be able to grab a family holiday, but I do wonder at times, if it’s more harm than good taking a holiday with ME/CFS.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is A Disability?

I am currently applying for jobs, but I am unsure answer yes or no to the do you have a disability? question. I do have CFS, which does impact my life, although I am able to work. What do you think?


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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Fast Heartbeat

Went to see my gp yesterday and told her about my heart beat readings I've been having recently of 115 just to walk downstairs, 124 to walk upstairs, 135 to walk downstairs on a bad day.  My heart rate goes up from 74 to 105 when laying down to standing.  She took my heart rate as a sat there and it was 98.  She's now sending me for an ECG.  She thinks it might be to do with the sack or lining around the heart?  She told me the official names but I was silly and didn't get her to write it down.  Now I can't remember what she called.  She said she has seen cases before.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Constantly Thirsty?

I was wondering if anyone else diagnosed with ME is constantly thirsty? I've had all the blood tests (and have been diagnosed with ME), so diabetes is omitted. It seems to be worse on an evening and I'm always topping up my fluids with water and herbal teas-so plenty hydrated! It's not my worse symptom, but just wondering if it was common?

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Unexplained Bruising?

Just wondering whether people get any unexplained bruising or get easily bruised? I get them quite often and it's worrying me. My rheumatologist said that it can happen as our body is over sensitive. 

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Exhausted Following Little Exercise

I am a 32 year old female. My question relates to Exercise Intolerance. I am very unfit and am wanting to get fit for the first time in my life but whenever I start even an easy exercise program, I get really wiped out. I usually feel okay after my "workout" (barely a plausible term) session, but feel extremely fatigued the next day. Which interrupts my program. This can be very irregular tho, sometimes I can do quite a bit and feel fine the next day. I had bulimia, starting at age 17 for 10 years and am wondering if this is still the effects on my body. I have no other side effects from the bulimia. Apart from that I have suffered Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but these symptoms disappear if I don't exercise. I have had my heart and lungs checked out, blood tests etc, all come back fine. Can someone please, please shed some light as to why I get so exhausted following even a small amount of exercise. It doesnt seem to matter be it cardio or weights.

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Cannabis :: Marijuana With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Anyone smoke with CFS? I dislike drinking a ton so I was wondering if anyone smokes marijuana? I've seen online it's good for it and it doesn't make it worse... Anyone ?

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome With Vitamin D Deficiency?

Hi everyone, I was diagnosed with CFS/ME a year ago and since having surgery last November it has got so bad that I am unable to return to my job I am only 22 and it's really making me upset.

I have had all the blood tests available and all came back negative apart from today my doctor called and said I have a vitamin D deficiency and has given me 3 months worth of medication. Has anyone else with CFS/ME got a vitamin D deficiency? Also did supplements help your CFS? Or even cure it? How long did it take for you to feel better?

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Dizzy Spells

I had stuff to do today that I could not leave. I have since had several dizzy spells. I get these  when I do the school run. Has anyone fully passed out?

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: No Injections Which Contain Adrenaline

As we were chatting about teeth earlier on the spectacles thread I thought I would start one specifically about ME and teeth.

I think I have mentioned this before, but when I saw my dentist a while ago and told him that I had been diagnosed with ME he informed me that if ever I needed to have a local anaesthetic injection he would give me one which doesn't contain adrenaline ....... because anything with adrenaline is a complete no no for ME sufferers.

One of the theories about the cause of ME as some of us know, is that for some reason we are unable to 'switch' off adrenaline as a 'normal' person would and as a result we just drain all our energy, and the only way to regain it is by resting. I am convinced that there has to be an awful lot of truth in this theory.

Several months before I was diagnosed with ME I had extensive reconstructive work done on my upper teeth (my generation didn't have fluoride toothpaste and many of us subsequently have soft teeth), and I often wonder if the dozen or so adrenaline injections triggered something. Also, I had a lot of amalgam fillings removed, and I wonder if the lead from these was released into my system during the drilling.

Who knows - but hopefully one day we will find out what causes this wretched illness :?

So folks ..... no injections which contain adrenaline.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Weight Gain

I am currently waiting to see CFS specialist hopefully in the next two weeks.  I am b12 deficiency and also have underactive thyroid. Since the end of February I have gained around 1 stone. I have an extremely fussy diet as I don't eat Red Meat, Fish or Pasta. My diet is mainly Vegetables, Chicken and Potatoes but have gained weight like nothing on earth. Before all this CFS i was doing exercise classes twice a week but now can't get out of bed most of the time. Anybody else have similar experiences? I still go for a country walk at the weekends when I feel up to it but apart from that I'm at a loss at how to shift the weight. My GP has been monitoring it but he said there is nothing we can do at the moment.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Parathyroid Tests?

Seen a pain doctor who suggested I get mr thyroid checked although it has always been normal but he said I should get my parathyroid tested my gp has only ever done 2 test in his 25 years of being a doc.

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Don't Mix Up Chronic Fatigue Syndrome With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

I see most people lump CFS and ME together and they are not the same disease. They should be referred to separately as many of the symptoms of ME are not the symptoms of CFS. You can't die from CFS but ME can be a debilitating disease that can get progressively worse and CAN lead to death. So whichever one you are suffering from, what helps you feel better with CFS most likely will not help you feel better with ME. I am definitely on the upswing with my CFS. I walked almost 2 miles this morning and am feeling better every day. I think I am on the road to a total remission again. ME patients really have to monitor their activity levels so as not to cause themselves to go backwards and aggravate their condition. Don't lump these conditions together because they are totally different. Think of them separately and they need to be treated separately.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Anyone Recovered? Age Related?

Have any of you begun to recover or recovered significantly from CFS?

I want to get a feel for if recovery is age related (do younger folk recover more quickly?) Or if it's related to how badly you suffered from CFS in the first place.

I've that broadly, younger folk get better quicker.  I've also heard that if somebody has had sudden onset, maybe caused by a virus, then they are more likely to recover in about three years.

What do you know?

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Chinese Medicine Worked For Me

I am 33 and I used to be so energetic, liked to work out 4 to 5 days a week. But last year around February my life changed completely! After trying some over the counter probiotics for stomach issues like constipation my life went downhill. Ended up in the hospital 3 times for palpitations, could NOT sleep, diarrhea, shortness of breath, feeling my body freezing then super hot, feeling like I was going to pass out etc etc you named it! My doctor run ALL kinds of test and no answer. He only gave me antidepressants and high doses of sleeping pills. I cried every night because I knew I wasn't depressed but nobody knew how to help me out. Eventually 3 months passed not sure how I made it but started to feel better. Around October I started to feel so exhausted, light headed, low bp, sleepy and going to sleep at 8pm every night to feel a little better the next day, this was just no life and again here we go to my doctor and more test...and nothing! I am a true believer of Homeopathy/ Herbalist medicine so I decided to try Chinese medicine anyways I had nothing to lose anymore and to my experience the recovery has been AMAZING! It's been a month and I can say that I feel much much better. It is kind of hard to really find the help for CFS. (I never took the anti depressants). Please don't get discouraged seek help and always talk to your doctor before trying anything else. All I can say is that I found an amazing Chinese herbalist that is helping out feel better!

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Constant Groin Pain

I have had various health issues in the latter part of my adult life but one thing that has always remained constant throughout is my groin pain. It does come and go but, in recent years, has become a real, persistent pain. I think I have learned to live with it until I was recently Assessed as having ME/CFS.

My support suggests I self medicate as all pain uses energy!

One specialist I saw suggested it was ACNES and gave me a cortisone injection which worked for a short while.

I have asked my doctor to do a scan for me just to see if it is related to my ovary removal 3 years ago.

That brought up nothing.

recently had blood tests done and no concerns there.

has anyone experienced this pain, just in one groin, not both; the right side ??

I would love to hear from anyone who has any thoughts on this or experience of it themselves.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome :: Numbness In The Arms And Sometimes My Legs

I've suffered from CFS for a good few years now, I've just started with numbness in the arms and sometimes my legs. Has anybody had the same experience?

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