You might be wondering why on earth I'd write about the symptoms of ME/cfs when everybody knows Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or ME is about always being tired. What most people don't know is that this neurological illness causes dozens of unrelenting symptoms that fluctuate constantly and are quite unpredictable. The very least of these is an unfathomable exhaustion at the slightest exertion!
Fatigue is the least of our worries - let me share with you the list of symptoms that ME patients have to deal with on a daily basis, you might just be surprised at how strong we really are... not at all the lazy, weak, not-trying-hard-enough people that the general population thinks we are! We are warriors fighting constant battles within our own bodies every minute of every day.
When unforeseen problems force me to go out despite severe ME/cfs, simple errands can become overwhelming very quickly. I had to go out today, needed to send off some paperwork, but my printer ran out of ink, again! I needed to print off a load of sheets, so I had to take a bus to get that done at one place, then off on another bus to find a post office to send it.
By the time I got to the post office, my legs were not working properly anymore. It was like I was wading through lead or mercury, let's just say Nutella, have to keep things positive!.
This week I'd say my main issue has been pain. I'd wake up in pain, in the night, and in the morning. I'll have aches all day, toothache, headaches, migraines, stabbing pain, hip pains, light sensitivity pain... All sorts. I'd still have a bunch of other symptoms too, but overall I'd say it's been a relatively good week anyway.