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Re: Just Diagnosed
Nov 10, 2007
Hi Janart,

I saw a rheumatologist who specializes in autoimmune diseases because I had a postive ANA test. He looked at my symptoms, medical history and said I have CFS. The symptoms I've been experiencing are extreme fatigue that is different from regular fatigue (hard to describe), joint pain, brain fog (short term memory problems, word finding problems, repeating myself), headaches that are new and are there all the time now (I never used to get headaches), dizziness, sometimes feeling faint, heart palpitations, a strange and dramatic increase in anxiety and extreme difficulty sleeping (which can occur with CFS though not everyone experiences it). At this point I can function maybe 3 hours per day. With all the research I've been doing people's symptoms can vary. I'd recommend writing down a list of your symptoms (prioritizing which ones concern you most), medical tests you've had done, family history, serious illnesses, surgeries etc. and when your symptoms began. Also include how your symptoms are affecting your life. As you probably know Dr's don't have much time to spend with patients. I gave him a list of all the above and on the page noted that I have a copy in my personal file which let the doctor know that I'm documenting my visits. Luckily my doctor read what I wrote and took my symptoms seriously. Best of luck to you. Post when you find out... Terri
Re: Just Diagnosed
Nov 19, 2007
[QUOTE=tlc6;3301035] The symptoms I've been experiencing are extreme fatigue that is different from regular fatigue (hard to describe), joint pain, brain fog (short term memory problems, word finding problems, repeating myself), headaches that are new and are there all the time now (I never used to get headaches), dizziness, sometimes feeling faint, heart palpitations, a strange and dramatic increase in anxiety and extreme difficulty sleeping (which can occur with CFS though not everyone experiences it). At this point I can function maybe 3 hours per day. [/QUOTE]

Hi,

Just wanted to let you know that I had all the same symptoms you had and got the CFS stamped on my forehead and more or less told to live with it. After much research and many doctors finally found out I was hypothyroid that had been left untreated for three years by ignorant docs because they went strictly by labs instead of listening to my symptoms. I ended up with adrenal fatigue as a result of the untreated hypo. Not to mention raging candida and EBV due to my immune system taking such a hit from the untreated hypo.

It's 3 1/2 years down the road and I am soooooooo much better and back to functioning at a near normal capacity. I'm treating the thyroid and adrenals and all of the above symptoms have slowly disappeared.

Before you allow yourself to have the CFS stamp put on you please make sure there aren't other treatable issues going on. Good luck and I wish you well on your health journey.

Deb





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