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Post by vince » 19 Feb 2011, 23:12

Thanks for your advice today Jim when i called :) the 1.6 clutch was the right one but he couldnt confirm the engine code when he came back so i will try to ID it off the application of the oil filter fitted to it.

As far as height correctors go, my rear needs stripping and cleaning up. It was on my list of things to do but your recent troubles have put me off somewhat. Ive got some friends in Liverpool who run a good citroen indy so am going to ask them how much to strip and clean mine up. If its decent money then id love to get mine done sooner rather than later. If not then i might just get a new one through us and pay it off in bits off my staff account. Im sure ive got one in stock :)

If i was left having to make up new pipes that would have been game over :lol:
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Post by CitroJim » 08 Mar 2011, 20:58

Gosh it's been a long time since I've written any ramblings here...

Unfortunately, there is a reason and the reason might go a long way to explaining why I've not been all that active generally recently, or rather active in bursts..

Around Christmas I went down with a bout of 'flu, odd as I'd had a jab for it but the 'flu itself did not seem anything much to get excited about at the time.

The 'flu went and as usual I was left a bit lethargic as is the norm. Colds then came and went in rapid succession but the 'flu itself cleared up. What didn't clear up was the exhaustion and fatigue. That stayed and over the past few weeks has got worse and worse. So bad in fact that any significant work caused me to become completely exhausted for a couple of days afterward; often coming on a couple of days after the event. Usually this needed a couple of days off work and complete rest before I could do anything again. I literally crashed... Even trying to do much on here was/is a struggle...

My normal way of coping with illness is to work it off, go and have a good bout of spannering as is my norm and this always used to do the trick. Not any more. The last big job I did (my height corrector) laid me low for a couple of days afterward. Not like me at all :roll: You know me, normally I've very active with a capacity for lost of hard work and play. To think this time last year I was feverishly busy resurrecting a very poorly Activa. No way I could do it now :cry:

A run to Somerset and back to see the folks, even in the V6, was causing a crash the following day.

Last week I was particularly bad and spent almost the whole of two days in bed. Imagine waking up and feeling more knackered than when you went to bed and then needing to go back to bed after a shower and breakfast because those who activities ave drained any energy you had.

It's got to a stage where I had to consult the medical profession about it and with the symptoms presented and the time it's been going on, I have pending further tests, a provisional diagnosis of Post Viral Fatigue. This a bit nasty as it's very closely related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and ME :shock: :evil: I hope and pray it's not that.

Good old Wikipedia gives a fair description of it.

Luckily, it's not as bad as it could be but one awful symptom I do have is the terrible "brain fog" and constant dizziness. I don't much like driving any distance as I don't feel totally safe now.

There's no real treatment for it, just time, good food, no stress (a big factor in it), gentle exercise and pacing yourself throughout the day.

I'm presently working shortened hours and no over-doing it in any way.

Spannering, except of the gentlest kind - perhaps a diesel pump in slow time - is out for the time being and so is spending too much time in front of a forum.

Therefore the work planned on my Activa is very much on hold and I pray my two V6's will behave themselves for the duration. [-o<

If I'm slow in responding to PMs and emails for the next however long, I trust you'll all understand the reason and that I'm not ignoring anyone.

Putting this post together has not been easy and trying to intelligently respond to posts posing complex questions is incredibly difficult at the moment...

I've briefly looked at a couple of CFS/ME forums and by god they're depressing places :evil: It seems that this condition can (not surprisingly) lead to depression but thankfully, that's one symptom I don't have :D

I'll be shortly off to bed...back to the doctors in the morning for more tests :roll:
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Post by Xantic » 08 Mar 2011, 21:13

Sorry to hear about your situation Jim..Let's hope with plenty of rest you will get back to yourself mate..

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Post by Citroenmad » 08 Mar 2011, 21:54

Sorry to hear you've not been in the best of health of late Jim, I hope you soon find out why and are on the mend. :) That is a long time to have had constant colds for, i can imagine its getting you down.

Get well soon :D
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Post by Citroening » 08 Mar 2011, 22:02

Sorry to hear you're under the weather Jim - not that far off the Rally season now though.

Here's a pic that will hopefully boost spirits:
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Post by davetherave » 08 Mar 2011, 22:35

Jim, hope you get better soon. Having a positive attitude is certainy important.!
I think it sounds like you need a vacation!
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Post by Citroenmad » 08 Mar 2011, 22:38

Im surprised im not on that picture! The Xm is, Im obviously hiding :lol:
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Post by vince » 08 Mar 2011, 23:19

Christ Jim that doesnt sound good but chin up :)

It reminds me of myself a few years back although a tad different.......I too worked like a mule using my brain a lot and enduring high stress levels and deadlines every day often 6 days a week and then on the seventh worrying about what i had to do the next week coming. I didnt worry about it much as i was going to the gym regularily and was never ill...plus i had age on my side.....i was only about 25 yrs old....then...after about a year of working like a dog and getting little down time, i suddenly lost my memory, (pretty scary) and felt lethergic and struggled to get things done to the standard i once did.

I was diagnosed with stress at the time and was told that my memory would return over time but they couldnt say how long that would be. I decided to take things a little easier and was advised to ditch the things that were causing the stress.....i did that and now 12 years later Im alot better than i was...im back doing what i used to do but am very aware when things start to pile up in my brain and i need a break.

Ive found that using calender reminders on my phone for everything including putting the bins out which i still forget even thought its been the same day each week for the last 6 years :lol: helps me not to have to think about things so much. I even email myself ready for work the next day so i dont have to rack my brains in the morning when i get in.

Let the world wait Jim, it will still be there when your feeling better.

Get better buddy :wink:
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Post by Chris570 » 09 Mar 2011, 08:58

Sorry to read this Jim,

as said though take it easy, the world will wait :) (even the Citroens)

put nothing before your health and you'll soon see it restored.

Don't forget i'm often round your way so if you need anything just give me a shout, i'm sure i owe you some favours by now :)
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Post by MikeT » 09 Mar 2011, 09:40

Get well soon Jim!

P.V.F. symptoms sound very similar to the fibromyalgia I've been (mis)diagnosed with, particularly the fatique, both after sleep and how it comes on quickly when doing the simplest of chores.
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Post by CitroJim » 09 Mar 2011, 18:55

Thanks all for your very kind words :D

Franklin, that picture from Claydon House was a great pick-me up and thanks for posting it. Makes me realise just how much I enjoy rallies and how I'm looking forward to the new season. Nothing will keep me away from them!

Dave, yes, a holiday might be a good idea. Trouble is I don't do holidays unless they're active ones. I've no idea about holidays at all really. My idea of a holiday is to spend a week rebuilding a car...

Mike, I wish I could retire. With Robyn about to go to Uni and Sian following her in a couple of years, there's no hope unless I win the lottery :lol:

MikeT wrote:P.V.F. symptoms sound very similar to the fibromyalgia I've been (mis)diagnosed with, particularly the fatique, both after sleep and how it comes on quickly when doing the simplest of chores.


It's one of the symptoms Mike and thankfully I'm not too bad in that respect although early last week I most certainly did have a nasty bout of it across my lower back. :twisted: Luckily, it is good this week.. But where does it come from? Why does it just happen out of the blue like it does?

Now I'm pacing things and taking it very easy (by my standards) things are a bit better. I must be very careful not to go and overdo it when feeling a bit better... This has been my downfall for the past coupe of months really. Feel good, get lots done and then collapse in a heap...

I've done a V6 swap for the next couple of weeks, I'd not even looked at New V6 for three weeks and she fired up instantly this afternoon. Old V6 is taking a well-earned rest... At the moment I'm grateful for an automatic gearbox :D
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Post by MikeT » 09 Mar 2011, 19:58

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MikeT wrote:P.V.F. symptoms sound very similar to the fibromyalgia I've been (mis)diagnosed with, particularly the fatique, both after sleep and how it comes on quickly when doing the simplest of chores.


It's one of the symptoms Mike and thankfully I'm not too bad in that respect although early last week I most certainly did have a nasty bout of it across my lower back. :twisted: Luckily, it is good this week.. But where does it come from? Why does it just happen out of the blue like it does?


Cynically, I feel the doctors don't know, they just put a name to the complaint, realised it occurs after a viral infection (mine came on strong around my shoulders after a tetanus booster) but have no cure or medication that helps recovery, just some advice on how best to manage it. They did tell me it usually goes away after a year or two but I appear to be the exception :roll:
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Post by Deanxm » 09 Mar 2011, 20:17

Im currently suffering the same sort of thing, very weak and feeling the need to sleep 14hrs a day, headache's fever and light/screens are painfull to look at etc etc.
Very irritating but after work i just sleep, doctors do tests but dont really seem to know what it is.
Also swmbo has had a bad chest infection for the past few weeks and has fractured her ribs caughing, its like a bloody leper colony at my house :lol: :lol:.

Hope they fix you soon Jim and all your cars behave in the meantime, bring on the summer!! (my pear tree is just putting out its first leaves :wink: )

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Post by CitroJim » 09 Mar 2011, 20:23

That's not good Dean :evil:

How long has it been going on for you now? And can you trace it back to a 'flu-like illness in the past? For now just roll with it and don't try to fight it too hard...

Thought you'd been a bit quiet on here but then so have I...

Hope it soon goes away as winter is rapidly doing. Spring is really starting to spring now and it is a joy to behold.. My rhubarb is coming along a treat and I see my peonies are shooting...

Summer is just around the corner :D :D :D :D
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Post by Deanxm » 09 Mar 2011, 20:30

been feeling rough for a year or so but its been bad for a couple of weeks, just seems to get progressivly worse i suppose, its affecting my eysight too now with the issue with light so i have to be home before dark :lol: , all fun and games, im sure it will clear though, with a bit of sunshine :wink:

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