The woman was tiny, probably 4’11” and all of 90 pounds or so. She looked to be about 70 years-old and had a pleasant face and a warm smile. She sized me up quickly, looked me square in the eye and said, “I’ll hold the door for you... it’s very heavy.” I smiled back and thanked her as I stepped up the short curb, leaning on my cane for support. As I entered the drug store, I looked back at her just to confirm that she was real. She was. I watched her walk briskly toward her car. It was one of those bittersweet moments in time when you realize, through a miniscule event, that life doesn’t always turn out as you envisioned. In my case, it was multiple sclerosis that changed not only the way I feel, but the way I am perceived by others. Most definitely bittersweet. The bitter? Well, I wouldn’t say I’m bitter. Not by a long shot. But I never would have imagined that at 48 years-old, I would appear to need assistance from a 70 year-old! ...
CFS; Fatigue - chronic; Immune dysfunction syndrome; Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
Symptoms of CFS are similar to those of the flu and other common viral infections, and include muscle aches, headache, and extreme fatigue. However, symptoms of CFS last for 6 months or more.
The main symptom of CFS is extreme tiredness (fatigue), which is:
Lasts at least 6 months
Not relieved by bed rest
Severe enough to keep you from participating in certain activities
Other symptoms include:
Feeling extremely tired for more than 24 hours after exercise that would normally be considered easy
Feeling unrefreshed after sleeping for a proper amount of time
Joint pain but no swelling or redness
Headaches that differ from those you have had in the past
Mild fever (101 degrees F or less)
Muscle aches ( myalgias )
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