Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I dunno. I ain't even noticed.

I feel miserable and am therefore acting like a miserable beast. I know this. I'm exhausted. It's a word people throw around all the time but I AM...exhausted. It's really messing with me today. My head is in the clouds, I keep feeling emotional. Last night was one of the worst night's sleep I've ever had in my sleeping-problem-riddled life. I couldn't fall asleep, let alons stay asleep. Todd gobbled me up in his arms and got me to this toasty warm, comfy, dreamy place where I COULD have fallen asleep...if the alarm clock hadn't have gone off. I hit snooze 3 times, dying to remain in my Todd cacoon. For now, I'm a mess.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition of prolonged and severe tiredness or weariness (fatigue) that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions*. To be diagnosed with this condition, your tiredness must be severe enough to decrease your ability to participate in ordinary activities by 50%.

       *The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unknown. Some researchers suspect it may be caused by a virus, such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

Symptoms of CFS are similar to those of most common viral infections (muscle aches, headache, and fatigue). They come on within a few hours or days and last for 6 months or more. Main symptoms:

-Fatigue or tiredness, never experienced to this extent before (new onset), lasting at least 6 months and not relieved by bed rest.
-Fatigue that is severe enough to restrict activity (serious fatigue develops with less than one-half of the exertion compared with before the illness).
-Fatigue lasting more than 24 hours after an amount of exercise that would normally be easily tolerated.
-Feeling unrefreshed after sleeping an adequate amount of time.
-Forgetfulness or other similar symptoms including difficulty concentrating, confusion, or irritability.
-Headaches, different from previous headaches in quality, severity, or pattern
-Joint pain, often moving from joint to joint (migratory arthralgias), without joint swelling or redness.
-Lymph node tenderness in the neck or armpit.
-Mild fever (101 degrees F or less).
-Muscle aches (myalgias).
-Muscle weakness, all over or multiple locations, not explained by any known disorder.
-Sore throat.

1 comment:

phoebe marie said...

pu the movie "mumford" in yoru netflix cue. i loved it and if i remember correctly, one of the characters has chronic fatigue syndrome.