My Symptoms

These are the symptoms I experience from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • Exhaustion
  • Constant nasal drip down my throat
  • Needing to clear my throat constantly
  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Constant stuffy head-cold feeling
  • Feeling lousy most of the time, except when distracted
  • Tension in the body, especially in the chest
  • Tension in my head, like it’s wrapped in a steel band
  • Jitteryness
  • An unpleasant buzzing sensation throughout my body
  • Laboured breathing
  • Sleep disturbance and Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Worry about the future
  • Lethargy
  • Worsening of fatigue the day after aerobic activity (Post-Exertional Malaise)
  • Dropping things a lot
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty focusing and sticking to one thing
  • Sense of desperation
  • Feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck, right after getting up

The intensity of the symptoms varies quite a bit, adding to the emotional rollercoaster. They invariably get worse when I don’t rest, up to the point where I can’t function and have to stay in bed. Then they ease off very gradually if I stay in bed resting for extended periods of several days or so.

11 Responses to My Symptoms

  1. Dana says:

    Have you looked up the symptoms of Cushings? I’ve suffered similarities. Turns out to be cushings. You do not have to have all the symptoms but high cortisol seems to be the diagnosing tool.

  2. Heather says:

    Hi Graham – I used to keep a blog about my move to Mexico, and then I moved back to the US. I started getting very ill while I lived in Mexico but I’ve been partially sick most of my life. Until the last 9 days, I feel so much better. But I was doing law of attraction and trying to get better, but I really wasn’t until a few weeks ago. I’m just wondering if you have tried Diatomaceous earth. I’ve tried so many things and I’m so hopeful this is what is going to help me actually get better. My symptoms are listed in my first post

    • Graham says:

      Hi Heather. Thanks for your comment. I haven’t tried Diatomaceous earth. I’d be interested to hear how you go with it in six months time. Good luck! Cheers, Graham

  3. Sherrie says:

    Graham, have you tried adding magnesium to your diet ..

  4. Helen says:

    Hey, I had the buzzing thing – I think it was largely due to tension in my diaphragm. I did breathing exercises which involved pushing my diaphragm down as far as possible when breathing in and it went away. Worth a try at least!

    • Graham says:

      Thanks Helen. My Naturopath had me doing a breathing exercise where you inhale diaphramattically (as you describe), then breathe out as slowly as you can maintain without gasping for breath. This increases your blood CO2 level, which switches off your sympathetic nervous system. Result: feel much calmer. I did it continuously for a year whenever I wasn’t engrossed in something else.

  5. Andrew says:

    Graham I’m just wondering if you have had sleep problems as one of your symptoms? If not I don’t feel what you have been suffering is CFS. I think you have some sort of chronic infection going on. Look into MORA therapy it might help.

    • Graham says:

      Thanks for your comment Andrew. Yes, sleep problems are one of my most persistent symptoms. Perhaps I didn’t mention it because I’ve had sleep problems as long as I can remember; Chronic Fatigue just made it worse. CFS is a syndrome, not a single definable illness; if you meet the diagnostic criteria, you have it. MORA therapy looks like a placebo treatment dressed up with some pseudo-scientific babble. It may help if you believe in it, which I don’t.

  6. mark says:

    My gosh, I have same symptoms plus 10 more gut issues etc.

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