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Being Normal Sick

I’ve had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome off and on for about seven years now. I finally started to feel like a normal human being again about four months ago. I still pace myself and get a lot of sleep, but I’m not dragging so much anymore. The heaviness under my eyes is gone. The pep is back in my step!

In the past two years I literally NEVER got a cold- like a head cold. I assume it’s because my immune system was on overdrive. Now that I’ve been feeling better, I’ve been getting sick so much! At the end of December into January I was sick for three weeks! First with a flu like illness, then a crazy stomach bug, then a head cold! It was nuts! The only positive thing out of this is that I guess my immune system is working properly!

I just got back from a vacation in the Dominican Republic. My energy was fantastic! I woke up early every morning and slept great every night. But for some crazy reason, at the airport on the way back I started feeling nauseous. Then on the plane I felt really sick. We arrived at JFK New York and I seriously didn’t think I was ganna make it out of the airport! I literally dragged myself. So I’m now on my couch feeling sick again! It’s like any bug floating around will just attach itself to me.

The problem with having CFS for such along time is that I got used to pushing myself a bit when I wasn’t feeling well- going to work, going to the store, etc. But now that I’m just “sick”, I forgot what it’s like to be a normal sick person. Normal sick people have to rest! And I did not rest yesterday. I dragged myself into the city to go shopping! Now I feel worse :( And I have an appointment in the city later today! Ack. I think I need more vitamin C (I ordered some on amazon yesterday).

**added note- It’s also terrifying for me when I get sick to wonder if my fatigue is back. So mentally I need to stay positive and know that I will be ok.

DR Sip

3 responses »

  1. Justin Halliwell

    I have a very similar story. Ive had ME for 7 year and only started having colds last winter. It did seem to take weeks to recover but i always felt that it was my immune system correcting itself. I know its hard to provide but I put this improvement down to taking low dose naltrexone. I now manage to exercise as long as I keep my heart rate below 130 bpm. Keep on pacing.x


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