This is a graph showing how I have become more disabled over time. The Y-axis is of ‘Dr Bell’s Disability Scale,’ with numbers from 0-100. Dr Bell’s Disability Scale, is a commonly used scale to identify how disabled someone has become due to CFS. A level of 100 is healthy, living a normal life and not having CFS, while 0 is not being able to leave the bed and not being able to care for oneself. A more detailed description of the various levels of ‘Dr Bell’s Disability scale’ can be found at http://www.cfids.org/community/pcpep/disability.pdf
The X-axis on the above graph indicates the progression of time, from February 2005 to July 2009.
The point marked A on the graph is when I believe my CFS started. This is when I started experiencing my first symptom of coughing up mucus.
The point marked B on the graph indicates when my severe headaches started.
The point marked C on the graph shows how I became more disabled when I was prescribed the hormone T3.
The point marked D on the graph indicates July 2009 and the point I have become most severely disabled.
I was diagnosed as having CFS during July 2006 and was diagnosed as having severe CFS around August 2008.