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Wow! After reading Jonathon's and Daisychain's posts...I felt compelled to post my story here. I'm a 43yo active female. This past summer, I got bit by the "triathlon" bug, and soon I'll be training for my first Half Ironman next July. I'm in the gym daily...doing cardio, weights, stretching, spinning, running, you name it! I have never been formally diagnosed with CFS, but have always thought that I might have it. Like both of you, I battle with this never-ending tiredness and fatigue every single day. I eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, and sleep like a baby, yet...everyday, without fail...I need to lay down and take a 2 hour nap at noontime. I work an evening shift, and find myself getting sleepy around 8pm. I never, ever feel well-rested after a night's sleep. Most days, it's a struggle to wake up, but I reluctantly drag myself out of bed, get dressed and get to the gym by 6am on most mornings. I used to be a very social person, especially at the gym. But lately, I find myself NOT wanting to talk to people. I'd rather just zone out and get my workout done. Striking up a conversation seems like a chore, and most people that talk to me always want to know how I'm feeling...and I'm reluctant to tell them how I REALLY feel. I mean seriously, it starts to get old when you're asked "How ya feeling today?"...and your reply is the same thing every freakin' day - "I'm tired"...or "Not so good". I'm beginning to get the feeling that most people think I'm a hypochondriac, because I haven't felt "good" in a really long time. Of course, their answer is always "Go home and rest". Ummm...ya think?!?! If they only knew it was a daily routine for me to "go home and rest". And I also feel as if it's hard to put my thoughts together for a conversation...I guess that's the brain fog kicking in. Most people interpret that as me being "cranky" or "moody"...which I'm not really, it's just mentally straining to have a conversation when I'm feeling this way.

I don't really have anything to contribute, in the way of advice or ideas on how to deal with this. I just wanted to share my story...it's good to know I'm not alone. I was beginning to think I was a "freak" or something. :dizzy:

Thanks for reading....

Linda





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