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Crippling Exhaustion

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squashedbanana Sat 22-Dec-12 06:08:14

Can anyone shed any light on this?

After a major life change ie new home, new baby, new job, I am incredibly functional and energised, but after a couple of months I slip back into such exhaustion that it's disabling. I can barely function, even minor things become mammoth tasks. Going to a superkarket wipes me out for the day, can't do more than 20 minutes of activity a day, I stagger home from from work feeling vulnerable because I feel so out of it. Come dinner time I am so tired the thought of cooking makes me want to cry. I am so overwhelmed with tiredness I have no patience with my children, just keeping going and staying out of bed takes every ounce of 'me' that I have, I have nothing left for anyone or anything else. My voice often changes, I don't have the energy to talk so my voice becomes monotone or I mumble as if drunk and struggle to string a sentence together

It's awful and I feel like I am just half living my life

Why is this happening?

Grockle Sat 29-Dec-12 11:55:52

Yes, I've heard of that before. I do have some of the symptoms but by no Frequenty sprain ankles & my shoulders slip out of their sockets. I do have muscle fatigue, lots of muscle & joint pain, easy bruising.

I have various other problems - Meniere's disease, lupus/ fibromyalgia... I never know if issues & problems are related to my Menieres or lupus or if it is something else.

roughtyping Sat 29-Dec-12 12:03:21

That sounds rotten Grockle sad lots to contend with. Have started another thread as trying to lose weight but I'm not supposed to run, do Zumba or yoga etc because it either puts too much pressure on joints or encourages them to overextend and slip out. Do you exercise?

SantaFlashesHisBoobsALot Sat 29-Dec-12 12:08:24

I have CFS / ME, and possible Fibro as well, waiting to see specialist for diagnosis. (Main difference between the two is fibro involves higher pain levels)

Go back and see another GP. It's worth having all the blood tests done again, and then request a referral to a fatigue management center if they're all negative. Know how horrible it is, my sympathies.

Grockle Sat 29-Dec-12 12:20:20

Rough, when I am well enough, I walk (the dog helps with this!), take DS to the park etc and I have a physical job.

I don't do other exercise, mainly because I can't... after a day at work and sorting DS, I am exhausted & crawl up the stairs to bed often at 6pm. I cannot do anything more - not even paperwork that is required for work. So no, I don't exercise.

I did try pilates for a while and that was good - it is meant to strengthen your core without putting stresses on your muscles & joints. Maybe you could try that? I also love swimming but rarely go these days.

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