Hell Razor5543 wrote:I hope this is not a silly question, Jim, but do you feel ill, or just really tired?
The doc and specialist have diagnosed me with something similar, but have termed it post-viral fatigue. The symptoms are pretty much the same as Jim has, though I think mine is not as bad. Mine's not helped by thyroid problems , and it might also be made worse by my nose , which is having an operation on it shortly..
Anyway, ill, or just tired? How about so tired it makes you feel ill? My main problem is the pain I get after any sort of exertion. It's in my joints, not pulled or tired muscles, though muscle pain is something else I get. I usually get joint pain in knees, ankles, toes (!), fingers, and my shoulders. The pain in my hands was so severe that I was sent to have scans of both as the doc thought it was arthritis ( I have private care through my employer) but there's little wrong with my hands. The pain can drive me crazy though, which is why I don't like to work on the cars so much these days. Brain Fog - awful. Just like a fog, and it can descend at any time. I can feel it coming on these days, and to me, it now means "sleep immediately", because if I don't, things go downhill from then on. I can't stand bright lights, whether it be artificial or sunlight (on holiday in Cornwall this week, not seen much sun, that's for sure). I quite often have swollen glands seemingly for no reason. I sometimes get palpitations or irregular heartbeat, but the beta-blockers I take seem to have stopped this, so it can be put down to adrenal fatigue I believe. Getting good sleep often seems impossible because of the "illness".
Now, to look at me, you'd think I was a normal(ish) healthy, 39 year old chap. I have tests at the doc regularly because of my thyroid problems and get a health-check at work every year. I AM healthy - could do to lose a couple of stone, but I'm essentially fit. Why then, if I overdo it slightly do I feel in so much pain, and , well, it's hard to describe just how utterly wasted you feel - like you, I did security years ago, and worked many weird hours. I worked 12 hour night shifts for years and had interrupted sleep for a couple of years back in 06/07 and was tired then. It doesn't come close to what I feel when this hits. I feel like I have a small electric current coursing through me, my ears buzz a little, and my whole body is just useless. You remember that feeling you get in your skin, almost like a burning when you have been playing in the snow without gloves and a parent made you put your hands in front of the fire - like a weird heat? I get that in my arms, like they are on fire, and I just give up and have to sleep, my joints ache.. so I drug myself up with Lyrica and go to sleep. I've often got a permanent cold.
Here's the weird thing about the condition though.... sometimes I go to the gym at work, and I'll do 30 mins on the cross-trainer on a high level, get my heart rate up to , and keep it at 155 for 30 mins, 10 mins on the rower, then 3 sets of 15 on the chest press with 40kgs on, 3 sets shoulder press, 40kgs on, lateral pull downs with 60kgs on.. a couple of things with the kettlebells and free weights, then finish off with 10 mins on the bike and a cool down slow jog on the treadmill.
It doesn't hurt. I feel great. I'm not unfit. When the fatigue kicks in though, I feel like I'm 90 and about to shuffle off this mortal coil. It's a very, very strange condition.
Sorry for hijacking Jim, I just thought I'd say how fatigue makes me feel..