Angela's Struggle with M.E./ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
I was finally diagnosed with having M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in January of 2006. For years and years it was a desperate struggle to be heard. Now, relieved of the torture of not knowing what was wrong with me, I feel a massive burden lifted from this battered body.
I knew deep down it was something slowly eating away at me. I've had years of going back and forth to the doctor, yet I have continually returned home without a diagnosis. I felt as if I was left alone - a lonely fight for survival...
During the last 10 years I have fought an ongoing battle within my body until finally enough was enough, and my body just crashed. I couldn't get up again.
I'm still unsure what caused the off set of the M.E./ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Could it have been the damage to my neck, after an accident? Could it have been the loss of my baby during pregnancy? Or could it have been all of those things combined, including a stressful relationship?
I guess I will never really know, but one thing I do know is that I've always been a fighter. It's taken almost two years to finally be able to walk on my own again. Being bedridden and completely reliant on others is a scary place to be in.
So my advice to other M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers is this...
Don't ignore your body and don't try to fight it alone.
Get a diagnosis as soon as possible and if you don't succeed the first time, just keep going until you get one. Through all of this I found that I wasn't alone after all. Sleepydust has brought me hope, comfort and the strength to carry on during the most toughest years of my life.