I'm a 37 yr old female and have suffered with what I can only explain as Chronic Fatigue. Thyroid tests all come back normal. Is there help for this or does anyone out there have any advice on this matter. I've changed certain lifestyle behaviors, diet-by that I mean we eat healthier things, and I sleep on average 7-8 hours a night. Yet getting through a whole day feels like misery because I just want to sleep. Any help would be appreciated!!
I was diagnosed at 29 by Mayo Clinic with Fibromyalgia and CFS (they are frequently found together), amongst other diagnoses. The CFS is still, 3 years later, something I struggle with because I want my former energy level back. I have learned that over exertion is NOT a good thing with CFS. I thought I could push through the fatigue, but I did so only until I found myself bed-ridden and with much greater fatigue. The recovery process just to get back to where I was initially took months.
It's important to keep a healthy diet and sleep habits with CFS; however, sleep doesn't help rid the fatigue (part of why CFS exists!); taking more breaks, regular gentle to moderate exercise, stretching daily, and other things that may be specific for you can potentially help you manage around the fatigue. It's also great to find a local support group as many people doubt CFS is real and that can be emotionally fatiguing as well as outright upsetting (this is also a great support system).
Give yourself permission to take breaks, to rest your body and mind throughout the day, especially when you start to notice the onset of fatigue. It's not a quick fix issue, but lifestyle changes like you are already doing are the best way to combat CFS. Best wishes on your journey!
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