Hello and welcome to my ‘Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ blog. I am a 29 year old male who has suffered from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis for over 11 years. I live in Adelaide, Australia. This blog will focus on what I am trying to do to overcome this illness.
This is a brief summary of my ME/CFS journey:
During June of 2005, my first symptom emerged- coughing up mucus. This remained an isolated symptom until I began feeling increasingly fatigued during September 2005. I experienced reoccurring tonsillitis (four infections) from December 2005 until January 2006, which resulted in a tonsillectomy. Severe headaches then became prevalent in April 2006. I was diagnosed with ‘ME/CFS’ in July 2006 and with ‘severe ME/CFS’ during August 2008. Since the onset of my illness in June 2005, my health has steadily declined, almost uniformly. I now spend 23 hours a day in bed (the other 1 hour lying in a chair next to my bed) and struggle to leave my home without ‘crashing.’ I have over 40 symptoms and I haven’t been able to walk 100 metres since 2008, as this will also cause me to ‘crash.’ Prior to my illness, I was a healthy, middle and long distance runner, almost 18 and about to study astrophysics at university. I am the 7th person on the maternal side of my family to be diagnosed with ME/CFS.
A blog entry documenting my CFS story in detail can be found here: https://livingwithchronicfatiguesyndrome.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/my-story-possible-events-that-caused-my-cfs/
A blog entry listing my current symptoms can be found here: https://livingwithchronicfatiguesyndrome.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/a-list-of-my-current-cfs-symptoms/
A blog entry describing the severity of my CFS can be found here: https://livingwithchronicfatiguesyndrome.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/how-severe-cfs-is/