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How I got ill As with many people, it took me quite some time before I even realised I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I'd heard of ME, because a friend of my mum's had it for many years, but knew nothing about it. Although ignorance is not bliss, I don't know what I would have done if I'd known it would take 5 years to recover. I returned home from travelling in India and almost immediately came down with a nasty virus. After a few weeks I went to the doctor, who said to come back if ...
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I suffered from chronic cystitis for over ten years. I first started to get it severely from the age of nineteen. Almost every week I would have an attack, which would last for 4 hours, and then the rest of the day or night to recover. Sometimes an attack would last for three days. My symptoms were shaking, sweating. The extreme discomfort in my bladder took over my whole body. It felt like I was passing shards of glass when I went for a wee. Sometimes there was blood. Sex made my cystitis ...
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In Categories: Acne; Cystitis; Depression;

I had a baby last year and since then have been prone to hemorrhoids from time to time. These have usually been manageable and have flared up, but then gone over time. However, recently I had a very bad episode, which nearly resulted in disaster on my wedding day! I went on a big night out, and the next day woke up with a terrible, large external haemorrhoid which was extremely painful. I was so distraught, it was so painful, there was no getting away from the pain and so I went to the doctor ...
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In Categories: Hemorrhoids; Piles;

Hi All, When I was at my worst with CFS, I used to search the internet for information and grow ever more despairing at the lack of people who seemed to be recovering. Now that I'm recovering I realise that the last thing on your mind when you are recovering is going back to those depressing forums - there's too much fun to catch up on! So my first point is don't despair. Secondly, I'd like to share the understanding of CFS/ME/etc that I came to through my extensive reading and also the ...
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How did it start I was walking around a car boot sale when I felt a throbbing pain in both my hips, by the time I got home the pain had increased. I didn’t think anything of it and spent the afternoon with my feet up. When I woke up the next day my muscles and joints felt so stiff that I could only walk around like I was 100 years old not 29. As the week went on the pain gradually crept up my back and I decided it was time to see my GP. I immediately had 5 blood tests for arthritis, rheumati ...
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For virtually my entire life I've always been really healthy, hardly ever taken any time off sick. In December 2005, age 22, I knew something was wrong with me, although I really couldn't put my finger on it. My energy levels seemed drained, for a few odd days in December I slept for virtually the entire day which was most unlike me. This continued for a month or two, until in January my health just fell off a cliff literally over night. It was pretty much exactly like I had flu, but instead of ...
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I battled with CFS for almost two years, before making a full recovery in May 2011, and two years on it is now well and truly behind me. I largely owe my recovery the amazing and inspiring recovery stories of other ex-CFS sufferers. I am deeply grateful to everyone who recognises how valuable it is to get these stories heard. It is because of people like this that I am now in a position to tell my recovery story to the world. May 2009: The beginning. When it all started I was working as a p ...
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Looking back I had an episode as far back as 10 years ago (off work for a couple of weeks), and then another about 7 years ago (off work for a month and took another 9 months to get back to about 80% of my normal self). I remember the doctor saying it wasn't ME but PVFS. But always felt from then on that something wasn't quite right with me but just couldn't understand what it was! Then nearly 5 years ago I went down with it again really badly, told the doctor this time we were going to get ...
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My recovery from M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome September 2009 Five years ago at the age of 24 I became increasingly anxious suffering with frequent panic attacks, depression, insomnia and M.E. symptoms. I believe that this was brought on by intense prolonged stress and childhood trauma. I gradually started to loose confidence to do simple things, even reading took too much energy and was so unwell I couldn’t even lift a shopping bag or stand up for longer than 10 minutes without feeling ...
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I had troubled teenage yrs, mostly in hindsight due to lack of self esteem /confidence caused by wearing braces, having bad skin and being relativly flat chested (although at the time i did not realise this) ... I felt like an ugly ducking, I had always been an attractive child (so im told!!) and felt the transional yrs toward adulthood very diffficult... I did the classic drinking too much, smoking, sleeping with too many people, late nights... shocking my parents etc.... I ended up leaving hom ...
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In Categories: Bulemia; Depression; Eating Disorders;

Where it All Started I first got sick towards the end of 1999 shortly after the birth of my first child. I had repeated flare ups of arthritis, kidney inflammation, pleuresy, skin rashes and extreme fatigue. I was a reserved, self sufficient person, and I thought that my will alone was enough to make it go away, and didn't really share what was going on with anyone. I was happy and enjoying my life with my new child and would not allow these recurring spells of illness to impose on that life ...
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In Categories: Fibromyalgia; Lupus (SLE);

I was diagnosed with MVP in 1988. I was really happy to get a diagnosis, but I still didn't quite know everything that was involved with it. Frankly, I was just happy to get any diagnosis, because after years of running around to all different kinds of doctors, I was actually glad one had finally found something wrong with me. A few months after the diagnosis I learned about Lyn Frederickson's book, "Confronting Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome." I ordered it through the mail. The day it arriv ...
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How I got ill I had a severe bout of shingles on my face in January 1999 and never really recovered from it. I was back and forth to the GP for months and just told I had postviral fatigue. It was complicated by the fact that I have had an underactive thyroid for years and the symptoms are very similar. I was referred to a thyroid specialist and my medication altered but to no avail. Eventually the GP referred me to Seacroft hospital as I lived in Leeds and I was diagnosed as having ME. ...
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Hi, thanks for visiting my story. I hope it helps you see that you don't have to keep suffering with Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome/CFS/ME. I'm going to explain the long story of how I got sick and how I got better. Just this past February, my tonsils swelled up and wouldn't subside. I took lozenges and thought nothing of it, believing they'd go down in time. They didn't. It was the first outward sign that something wasn't quite right. Some context - I was in a job that wasn't for me and m ...
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In 1974 I had 3 wisdom teeth pulled, urgently, in the dentist's lunchtime. He didn't remove the periodontic ligaments, for sure. These facts, I now realise, may be significant. In 1976 I became ill with fatigue and neuropathy. I was told it wasn't MS and to go home and get on with it. More symptoms appeared over the years. I didn't work - I couldn't sustain any job for long. I have raised two children but that was all I could manage. My mother has hypothyroidism and I realised I had the ...
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I've struggled with MVP Syndrome my whole life, really. As far back as I can remember I had symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, lightheadedness, fatigue, irritable bowel, severe anxiety, and phobias. I was able to live with most of the symptoms without them interfering too much in my life. The weakness and fatigue and the pounding and racing heart were everyday occurrences to me. They never concerned or scared me, because I thought that they were normal feeling that everyone had. Irr ...
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Five years ago I became unwell. My GP said my symptoms were anxiety, due to a family bereavement, I disagreed. All the same I got no further with him. After suffering with a sudden sensitivity to sound and visual disturbance, I went back. I had, meantime experienced, in my opinion, a virus. shivers, sweats, tinnitus. He added depression. Then I invited him to listen to my heart, which was racing. An ECG was rapidly arranged. The cardiologists mentioned a virus and a heart scan reveale ...
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Hi! I just wanted to share my story with everyone, with the hope that at least a couple of people will read it and hear hope as not so many moons i was the one trawling the internet looking for a cure for this awful illness. I wont go into to much detail about how i got chronic fatigue, but 2.5 years ago I went from being someone who seriously burned the candles at both ends (competing in triatholons, working 70 hour weeks and generally having a fun life) to loosing my social life, not bei ...
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I had cystitis on and off for 7 years, it was complicated by the fact that I worked on boats so access to antibiotics was at times limited and I had to keep my own records to show to different doctors as I was constantly travelling. Finally antibiotics stopped working for me. (TMP is the only one that sort of helped at the end.) It was so painful and intensely disruptive to my life. I now have me/cfs which is even more disruptive than cystitis, and while the cause of me/cfs is unknown, I ...
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In Categories: Cystitis;

I suffered with regular tummy discomfort for several years. I had bloating, and an achey sensation that moved around my abdomen. It came and stayed for a few days, then went for a day or so. I visited my doctor, who examined me, and told me I had IBS. I was prescribed several different drugs to limit the tension in my digestive system, but nothing seemed to help. I tried acupuncture, and visited a homeopath. I also tried a course of therapeutic counselling, thinking that maybe I was stress ...
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In Categories: Irritable Bowel Syndrome;

'An anxious child', is written in my school report. I can recall many situations when my anxiety kicked in, such as a 5 year old asking my mum to hurry up in case we missed the second part of our long haul flight in case we got stuck on a strange island in the middle of nowhere at night with nowhere to stay. Having butterflies in the stomach was 'normal' for me. Regular migraines, constantly stressed was 'normal', so much so, that I didn't recognise it as stress. I was ambitious, on the pulse ...
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In Categories: Anxiety;

One of my best remembered primary school memories is of a teacher explaining that suffering is a natural part of life and that it inevitably happens to everyone. I vividly remember insisting to myself that my life will be the exception to this rule and that I will never experience anything unpleasant. Of course, I was wrong. But the suffering I have experienced over the last year due to post viral fatigue has left me happier and stronger than ever, instead of bitter that my childhood naivety was ...
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In Categories: Post viral fatigue syndrome;

Hi all! I have a long, long story but I'll try to summarize.....I got sick 'overnight' on Nov. 6th 1992. I told my boyfriend (my hubby now) that I felt weird and I had a pain in the back of my neck. This was the start of my misery. I was basically bedridden for the next 5 years; and then I was only able to do errands etc on my good days thereafter. I went to countless Dr's - had every blood test known to man, but everything turned out normal. Had 2 Spinal Taps, brain scans, MRI's. I had h ...
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I suffered terribly a year of chronic cystitis, it might have been interstitial. It doesn't really matter. No one helped me, so I decided to find a solution on my own. I used homeopathic remedies(cause I know they work, my mom had some other chronic problems, and she got rid of them with homeopathics). Now I got from 0% good to like 80%good. I wanted to help all other women like me, so I wrote the system I developed and used. I wrote the way for cure myself, read it and use it if you want, but k ...
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In Categories: Cystitis;

I tried to commit suicide 2 months ago because I had nothing left. Growing up, I had always figured out another way of doing things by personal opinion and argument. If I felt accosted, I got mad; if got treated differently, I got sad. I got really mad and really sad for a long time until I beat the system. I became popular, beautiful, well-liked, and respected. I turned heads and asked for discretion against others with demand. Then, for some abrupt reason, I realized I had done a really good ...
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In Categories: Depression;