Chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome pervades all organ systems and adversely affects every healthy function within your body. The main symptom of overwhelming, exhausting fatigue that you feel from the onset of this syndrome overrides any hearty, positive sensations that you would normally sense in your body. Immediate feelings of sudden illness and immediate discomfort accompany the reality that you have become a helpless victim of an unperceptible disease. The sensation is as if your body is no longer yours. No matter what you may wish for your body to do, it doesn't seem to listen to your desires. You begin to apperceive that your personality, mind, emotions, and spirit are trapped in a dysfunctional alien-like body which appears to control itself almost as if it is operating on some kind of automatic pilot. These viruses have somehow gotten the upper hand in how your body is going to act and react to its environment and have no intention of exiting your body until they are ready to either become dormant or to leave. So until they are ready to do what they will, you are at the mercy of the strength of your immune system.
Over time your impressionable, susceptible body will become accustomed to the ravaging CFS infection. It will acclimate itself to cohabiting with the destructive viruses out of no choice of its own. Your body has no reason or want to give up the fight against the dreaded viral attack. It inanely knows to assault the invasive viruses and attempt to confine them to your immune system. Your body knows that any progression made further into it means the viruses will replicate and create more of the same resulting in your entire body being contaminated. When this type of massive infection occurs, it indicates that you are going to be sick for an indefinite amount of time. Your body must regain enough stamina and energy to attempt to overrun the viral infestation. The killer T cells in your immune system, which fight off any foreign onslaughts and act as the body's "defenders", can't function properly if they are constantly barraged with this viral intrusion. Each symptom that you feel is really an indicator that your immune system is still battling the viruses. Incessant combat over time will result in them being weakened to the point of no longer being effective at all. There will be a number of killer T cells that will not survive the onslaught. As a result, your body will lack the appropriate number of "fighter" cells to be able to overcome the viruses.
When your body senses that it has been overthrown, it has no option but to secede to the viral take over. It is at this point when there is a silent internal temporary surrender and acceptance to living with this disease. Your body adapts to subsisting within the confines of CFS and concurs to the infection, but never stops warring with it. Your immune system will keep abrading the virally infected cells hoping to eventually obliterate all of them so that you will return to good health. It is up to you to care for your sick body in the best way that you can so you can help it build up strength and stamina. Your body requires you to be an active participant in overcoming this viral infestation. Anything that you can do to aid in your body's recovery will be welcome.
Once you decide to go to a physician to address your many physical symptoms, you will discover that he won't be able to distinguish or determine what the initial cause is for your suffering. When the doctor does a physical examination of your body, there will be some abstruse irregularities from swollen lymph glands to a reddened throat to discomfort when he or she palpates your abdomen. Any lab tests that he may order and have done will display and validate any of these same slight physical irregularities. However, neither the examination or the test results will be enough evidence for your physician to base any diagnosis. After you tell the doctor that you can do certain daily tasks but can't seem to really accomplish anything that you set out to do, he may tell you to rest and relax since there could be an indication that you are just over exhausted. Your doctor may strongly sense that you just have a stubborn case of the flu and will prescribe an appropriate treatment plan based on this supposition. Since you are having the manifestations of many diseases and could have something that your physician doesn't feel comfortable in dealing with himself, a recommendation to an infectious disease specialist could be another outcome of the visit. The doctor may also think that you are suffering from depression when you stated that you now sleep up to twenty hours a day and still don't feel rested. She may advocate a treatment plan containing prescription drugs and regular exercise. Yet, while you are tolerating chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, there is a true cellular basis to the depression that you will feel. It is caused by the over stimulation to the brain's natural chemical balances and these alterations in the brain's make-up affect your mental and emotional control. This type of depression is not a psychiatric condition as most doctors tend to decide and diagnose. The second part of her determination is just as devastating. Exercising is very detrimental for you now that you suffer with this disease. Any type of extreme exertion can result in causing a relapse of symptoms. So, your physician can cause more damage than good in misdiagnosing this disease.
There are many physical symptoms that you will encounter as a component of your CFIDS journey. These various physical sensations are indicators that your immune system is still fighting to protect your immune system from the viruses that cause this disease. The affects of physical symptoms you will suffer with alternates from one time frame to another. You may tolerate a couple of symptoms for months on end and then with no indication have three new ones surface. It will become common place for you not to even notice the onset of a new symptom for a while. There is so much disruption going on that it is almost impossible to detect the minute alteration of having the new symptom surface in your body. The sad part is that when you do notice the sensation, it is usually out of discomfort or intolerable pain.
You may have originally noticed that you have either gained or lost a dramatic amount of weight since you have been sick. Most sufferers report one extreme or the other and a select few stay the same pre-CFS weight. Researchers and physicians suppose that the weight increases seem to occur in fleshier individuals as compared to thin sufferers. The weight gain may be based on inactivity since you can't exercise as regularly as you once did. Hormonal and chemical changes that are happening in your body while it is diseased will also contribute to weight gain or loss. Toxins in your body can also cause the body to bloat which lends to the appearance of obesity. Another assumption for the lost weight in some individuals is based on the premise that these toleraters would have naturally been thin if they were ill or not. However, the majority of chronic fatigue syndrome agonizers do gain weight instead of lose it. The excess weight can be a potential long term problem.
If you end up suffering with this disease for years on end, you may find yourself gaining more and more weight from leading a sedentary life style for such an extended amount of time. Years down the road, your energy level may reach a point to where you are capable of moving your larger body and you could decide to begin a walking program. However, you discover that you tire more easily than you thought because it takes more effort to push your extra weight around. The motivation that you would need to force yourself to walk becomes impossible to muster because it would seem unrealizable before you will lose all of the gained weight, so you may give up before you started to try. You would end up succumbing to the negative attitude of not watching what you ate and not doing any regular walking. The weight gain can also do a number on your self-esteem if you were a person who prided himself or herself on the way you physically looked. You may look in a mirror and what is reflected back is not who you remember seeing there before you became sick. This body isn't too pleasant to look at and seems very bloated looking. While you are sick with CFIDS, you may think that no one will find you attractive or physically desirable. Your self-respect plummets with your positive attitude about who you are. Since you can see that you aren't who you used to be, you begin to question who you are now.
Any previous surgery scars or wounds will ache, itch, throb, and sometimes burn from the inside out for no apparent reason now that you are tolerating chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome. There is no physiological explanation for why this is happening in your body. It is just one symptom that you have to deal with that is kind of unusual and uncomfortable.
Lymph glands are located behind your jaw line under your ears, both sides of your throat, and down into your upper chest underneath your collarbone and into your armpits. Sore lymph glands and swollen lumps in your armpits are very common CFIDS-related symptoms. Your immune system is varying between over and under stimulation at all times. Your lymph glands are directly connected to this activity because they are part of your immune system. The lymph glands secrete necessary fluids that contain the killer T cells that can help combat the viruses. This sickness being in your body means that these glands aren't going to work properly because your immune system is dysfunctional. Their response to the invasion of the viruses is to swell up, ache, and leak.
Body temperature dysfunction is another physical symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome. The body's "heating and cooling" systems don't seem to moderate properly. One minute you could be hot and agonizing with a fever and massive sweats, and in the next minute, you may be feeling shaking chills while in the same temperate climate. You will also endure situations of where extreme heat or cold aggravates the way your body modulates itself. Being out in the direct sunlight, in radiated heat, or in cold weather conditions will reek havoc on your body's ability to control its internal temperature. You will feel the heat or cold more than you should. It is almost as if your body exaggerates its sensations and becomes more sensitive and susceptible to the climate. Changes in the weather can also be a problem for you while you suffer from CFS. Your body can't seem to adjust to any immediate alterations in the atmosphere wherever you live or play. High humidity causes heavy sweating, dizziness, headaches, breathing problems, and swelling as instantaneous reactions. When the weather is really hot, sunny, and humid, the only thing you can do to help your body control itself is to get into a cooler environment immediately. You may have to go into a tub, pool, or shower to douse yourself with cool water to bring your body temperature back to a tolerable level. Don't go into a cold environment because the cold shock will cause the same type of reactions to your already confused and weakened body. Lightning and thunder storms can also provoke these same symptoms because of the change in barometric pressure in the air. You should be cautious and monitor your body temperature at all times.
There will be a consistent low-grade fever for the entire duration of coping with this syndrome. No amount or any type of medicine seems to eliminate the fever. It will be a constant reminder that you are coping with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome. Taking an over the counter pain reliever may be something you would consider doing for a fever before you became ill. Now, you have to contemplate the long term effects of taking this kind of medication on a daily basis. You should consult your physician before planning to have this situation be a day to day habit. You may opt to tolerating the fever without treating it because the fever is a sign that your body is still fighting the viral infection. You don't want to disturb your body's temperature any more than you have to while it is so distressed. Normally your body's temperature will be at a steady low compared to the fluctuations that you would expect while it torments with this sickness. 98.6 won't be your daily temperature. Your doctor may be a bit concerned about the drop or rise in your body's temperature, but will come to realize that this abnormality is just one of many symptoms that you will endure while ill with this syndrome.
Frontal headaches are prevalent manifestations for agonizers of CFIDS. The headaches usually begin as a dull ache in the middle of the forehead and spread out to affect both sides of the forehead in a relatively short amount of time. The pressure from these types of headaches is painful and can sometimes be unbearable. The sinus area of the head is often affected at the same time creating pressure and stress inside the sinuses located inside the interior of the eye sockets and in the front of the forehead. You may even get ear pain along with the other events. Dizziness and vision blurring are side effects from these headaches.
Another type of headache that occurs within the first two years of coping with this disease is a back pressure headache. This kind of head pain is different from the frontal ache. The stress inside the head causes a sensation of pressure to commence as a "pulling" of the scalp right to the back of your head, into the base of your skull, and into your neck. You could experience a tight, tensed neck ache that coincides with the back pressure headache episode. This sort of headache tends to be aggravated by any external or internal excesses of stress and can be extremely uncomfortable to contend with. You could have nausea, dizziness, vertigo, and sweats as alternate connecting symptoms to the back pressure headache. For either type of headache, it is best for you to lie down and stretch out. Let your body know that it can relax and attempt to relieve itself of the stresses that have contributed to starting the headache. If it isn't possible for you to immediately lie down, position your body to a somewhat relaxed position. Focus your mind on relaxing and taking deep breaths to unwind. It may be necessary to find another site to perform this type of self-healing and self-monitoring as compared to where you are when you get the headache. Look for a quiet, inconspicuous place where you won't be easily disturbed. Another remedy to a headache is to place a cool cloth or compress on the forehead and at the nape of your neck. The sensation of coolness may contribute to slackening out the tense muscles in your head and neck. As a last alternative, you may consider taking a pain reliever for the headache if no other recourse seems to be effective in halting your pain.
Muscle weakness is another symptom that you will wrestle with in undergoing chronic fatigue syndrome. Your body's previously well-toned muscles will seemly reduce themselves to a wiggly, jelly-like state. Part of this predicament is because of your inability to exercise and condition your muscles and the other part is that your muscles are being affected by the onslaught of the viruses just as every other organ is in your body. Early into this illness, you will detect that your muscle strength is minimal or almost non-existent. It will be difficult to lift most weight of any kind-varying from a toddler's heaviness to the lightness of a pencil-depending on how you feel that particular moment in time. You may sense that your body feels much heavier than it used to because your muscles seem to weigh more. On second thought, you may detect that everything you lift or carry appears to weigh more than it used to pre-CFS. Pain usually accompanies the muscle fatigue. You may feel an immediate tightening in your arm or leg muscles with a sensation of simultaneous shooting pain without any sign of what caused this reaction. The feeling of your muscles contracting and relaxing without exerting any physical efforts will become the norm. You can try to massage the aches and pains from your muscles, but it won't do much good long term. A muscle rubdown can be an agreeable temporary solution to mask the aches and pains. Your physician may recommend an anti-inflammatory medication to alleviate some of your muscle soreness as a type of long term medicament.
Distinguishing and identifying pain in your body will be more abstruse now that you are agonizing with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome. You can detect that you are feeling pain in certain areas but it seems as if the aches are affecting more or less of the site that you sense it. The aches and pains will appear to radiate either inward or outward from the point of origin. You may also suffer with an erratic sense of feeling or not feeling aches and pains at random where the pain is there one minute and seemingly gone the next. The actuality of the phenomenon is that as you endure CFS over a longer and longer period of time, your body is building up a higher and higher tolerance to the pain until you can't quite discern how much pain you are actually in most of the time.
Some of the symptoms that you will put up with while coping with this syndrome will affect every single inch of your body starting with your head and ending at your feet. No one area of your body will be overlooked. The viruses have infected every organ, every tissue, and every muscle. The largest organ of your body, the skin, is one of the most affected areas of your body in coping with this syndrome. Your skin will become hypersensitive to any and all internal and external elements. At first you may think that you have dry skin or that you have some type of exema starting up because you are scaly and dry, but you will eventually see that you are having rashes appear for no apparent cause. The rashes can extend onto any portion of your body. Your skin will look red and almost have a shiny texture to it. Scratching your reddened skin only causes more soreness and irritates the already sensitive area. Your facial skin will no longer appear healthy and will take on a grayish pallor. Your cheeks will redden and your lips will seem dry and chapped all the time. Applying any type of topical skin remedies will only aggravate this condition and can cause you to have a more severe reaction to the product than before you contracted this disease. You may discover that if you go out into direct sunlight, your skin will reddened up immediately and a rash will appear all over your arms and legs. It is your body's way of telling you that it now has a sensitivity problem with going out into the sunlight. While you are outdoors, you may get a mosquito or small bug bite. Your irritated body will overreact and you will find that there is a good amount of swelling and the bite area is extremely tender and uncomfortable. An application of a bug repellent before you go outside may not be a good idea since you could also have an allergic reaction to the repellent itself, let alone your body's reaction to the bite. If you stroke your skin on any part of your body, you will detect that there is a noticeable lightened coloration which marks the exact spot where you rubbed your body. It usually stays prominent for a few seconds and then the whiteness fades away. This circumstance is very similar to a person who suffers from anemia. You will bruise easier than you did pre-CFIDS. Just the slightest bump up against something or if someone grabs your arm to balance you, it will leave a large bruise that will last for up to a few weeks. The bruise will seem undetectable at the beginning and then will yellow and sometimes turn green very quickly. However, yellow appears to be the dominant color as the bruise heals itself.
Your fingerprints are another site on your skin that exhibits how much you are affected by this sickness. They will become harder to designate and are almost non-existent. If you try to ink your fingerprints, you will discover that the individual ridges are harder to distinguish. Do you remember when you could run your finger across your fingerprint area on your fingers and feel the ridges? If you try it now, you will be shocked to discover that those dominant bumps are almost totally smooth skin. When you exert yourself to do anything, you may notice that you don't perspire as easily as you once did. Before you became ill, it wouldn't take much effort to get your body to sweat after you got your energy level elevated. Now you are sick with chronic fatigue syndrome, it may take a lot of movement to get your body's metabolism to a point where you can work up some kind of sweat. On the other hand, you will endure times where you will have perspiration streaming down your forehead after no exertion at all. It seems as if your body is overheated from your constant low-grade fever. There could be so much sweat that it appears you may have showered or ran under a water hose! Your sick body may also be propelling toxins out of your dysfunctional system and that can cause a stronger smell to your sweat.
Another affected area is your hair. Your luxurious tresses that you were so proud to count as one of your most attractive physical attributes has now been reduced to a thinning pile of hair. Combing or brushing your locks now results in most of your hair being found in the comb or brush not on your head. After you shampoo your hair in the shower or bath tub, it can be a regular occurrence to find a mat of hair jammed into the drain as if it was trying to escape your head unnoticed. Shampooing and conditioning your hair is also unnerving since you may find that you have a very sensitive scalp and can't use hair products that you used to before you became ill. The cleansing products that you used to shampoo and condition your tresses may no longer be effective. Today, they may be potent and you have silky, shiny hair. Two or three days from now, they are ineffectual and you end up with dull, dried-out, limp hair. From time to time, your over activated scalp can produce an exorbitant amount of oils. Even if you may have just washed your hair, it can become greasy very quickly. Over time with having chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, the toxicity that the disease instigates increases in your system and your hair will fall out more and more. These incidents prove that your hair is no exception to the CFS invasion in your body.
You could have vision disturbances such as shooting pains in your eye balls or an aching sensation behind them. The intensity of the aches and pains are almost unbearable because they are unexpected, concentrated, and unrelenting. Most of the time, the pain usually subsides in a few seconds or up to a few minutes. Scratchy dry eyes are uncomfortable and irritating. Initially, you may think that you are having some kind of an allergy problem because this condition is common for allergy sufferers during hay fever season. However, this kind of sensation does differ from an allergic reaction in the fact that it abates temporarily and returns with no indication or preparation. Blurry vision and occasional double vision are prevalent as well for the chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome sufferer. This situation can induce dizziness, nausea, and headaches to coincide with the vision problems. This symptom constitutes another dilemma-how to read when you feel so sick to your stomach and dizzy. Trying to read any type of material will become a struggle because your eyes may not be able to focus on written words and the words will begin to "swim" back and forth across the page. It is best to concede to this symptom and put your reading materials aside for a while until the occurrence rectifies itself. Don't despair thinking that you won't be able to read while you are ill with this disease. This manifestation will ebb over time.
Photophobia is a symptomatic condition that you have to contend with where your eyes become extremely sensitive to any type of bright light. If you have any kind of bright light shine into your eyes, you will immediately look away and have the remnants of the light still reflecting in your eyes while they are shut. Going outside on a bright sunny day, too harsh of a lamp light, or certain types of lighting bulbs such as florescent lighting will cause some serious photophobic reactions such as dizziness and headaches. You should be considerate to your body and not cause any unnecessary stress to your system by staying out in the sun or sitting underneath lighting that bothers you. Your body will adversely react to the negative stimuli, so you are only hurting yourself when you don't help yourself. You will also discover that your eyes have a hard time adjusting to bright lights such as car headlights, parking lot lighting, and store lights at night. Your immediate reaction may be to look away and fend off the lights. Temporary blurring and poor focus can occur when you repel the light in the darkness. Your night vision may also be reduced to where you can't distinguish or define distinct objects in the dark. Trying to figure out which things are stationary or moving in the darkened environment is another problem. Obviously, these conditions can cause some dangerous consequences for you and others on the road if you are driving in the evening. The most logical solution to curbing some of the hazard out of the photophobic reaction is to avoid driving or walking any long distances in the dark. Get someone else to drive you to where you have to go so that you aren't endangering yourself or others out of a sense of pride and independence in attempting to drive yourself.
Sinus infections are more common and frequent while suffering with CFIDS. You may notice that your sinuses are aggravated by insignificant things such as the weather to what you eat. You will get stuffy and uncomfortable from the pressure in your head. When you lie down, you may feel a sloshing sensation in your sinuses and if you tip your head or lie on one side and then switch to the other, you can sense fluid shifting from one sinus to another. The intense pressure can cause a lot of pain which can't be ignored. These types of infections will intensify and progress at a faster rate than what you may have experienced pre-chronic fatigue syndrome. The infection can spread from your sinuses into your ears.
A side affect of this symptom is having phlegm balls moving up along the insides of your throat until they reach your mouth. They can vary in color from white to a dark yellow depending on how infected your sinuses and throat are. You will be able to feel them moving up your throat and will have an automatic reaction to swallow them back down. Once they have entered the back of your throat, you will sense them coming forward onto your tongue. When you spit them out onto a tissue and press on them to flatten them out, an intense smell of sinus mucus will emanate from them. This condition seems to only occur when there is a dominant sinus infection.
Sore throats are a very common symptom with CFS. You may detect that you can't swallow comfortably and that your throat feels as if it is closing up at times. The lymph glands and nodes located on the sides of your throat are always swollen. If you open your mouth, you can see small patches of red and white blotches on the roof of your mouth and lower back of your throat. No over the counter remedy will alleviate the uncomfortable feeling of the sore throats. Your sore throats will get worse when you are more exhausted or exert yourself. The intensity of the sore throat may subside over time.
Another physical symptom is the alteration of your sense of taste. Foods and drinks no longer taste the same. At times, sweet and sour tastes appear to range from being dulled to intensified. The textures of foods seem to be exaggerated where crunchy is extra crumbly and smooth is very softened. You may find detect that it seems to be an effort to chew and swallow foods that are stringy, hard, or scratchy to the inside of your mouth. Pay attention to what types of foods bother you to chew and swallow and avoid them for a short time until your pallet is prepared to attempt them again.
Greasy or spicy foods can also cause some digestive problems. The heaviness from the greasy foods can make you feel as if you have ingested a brick instead of food and the spices from the spicy foods instigate heartburn and an upset stomach. Avoid them for a specific time frame and then reintroduce them into your diet to see if you have the same reactions. If you do, you may have no option but to totally delete them as part of your food intake.
You will have a longing to drink fluids since it will seem like your body is not getting enough liquids. There is indeed an inequality of the fluid equivalents in your body. You may have a dry mouth a lot of the time. Intense thirst can be followed by periods of not wanting to drink at all. Listen to what you body is saying and heed it. Increased water intake is required with the dysfunction of your body not being able to produce appropriate red blood cells.
Intermittent sugar, caffeine, and alcohol cravings are common. Drinking alcoholic drinks will not quench your raging thirst because your sick body has a strong sensitivity or allergy to alcohol and can't tolerate having it in your dysfunctional system. You may have been capable of having many drinks before you became ill, however, now you can't have but one if you are lucky enough to not have an immediate allergic response. It is not only the possible damage that can be done to your already distressed liver, kidneys, and stomach but also your brain chemistry, mental capacities, and emotional stability. Try to sustain your liquid cravings by consuming lots of water and vegetable or fruit juices as the bulk of your fluid intake.
You may find yourself tasting a bitter blood like or metallic taste in your mouth. After the first year of agonizing with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, this sensation will become intermittent.. There is no definable medical explanation to date for why this taste is so predominant, where it comes from in your body, and why it affects your taste buds. Bad breath is also common so have plenty of sugarless breath mints on hand!
Hearing sensitivities are another dominant symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome. You may detect that you can't hear extremely high-pitched or low-pitched sounds any longer. Loud sounds may appear to resound as deafening and earsplitting. Soft noises are inaudible and indistinct and blend into the background noise very easily. It could be that your ability to differentiate pitch and tone in sounds is non-existent. A way to describe this abnormality is that you can sense a blockage or stuffiness in your ear canals or ear drums that appears to be preventing the sounds from echoing in your ears. A high-pitched buzzing or ringing in your ears is also a common manifestation that happens for no significant reason. The buzzing or ringing can gradually increase in strength and tone for anywhere from a few seconds to minutes. The longer the time, the more pain and pressure it causes in the ear drums. You will not be able to adequately hear any other sounds while the buzzing or ringing is occurring. Waiting the discomfort out is the only alternative that you have in coping with this discomfort as the buzzing or ringing will eventually stop. Your ears will be more sensitive to any type of sound while you bear through CFIDS, so it is important to care for them satisfactorily. Ear wax debris will be denser and thicker than when you were healthier. You may detect that you are getting ear infections with no logical basis to contracting them. As a result of either condition, your doctor may have to flush your ears on a regular basis. Do not attempt to do this procedure on your own without your physician's permission as you can permanently damage your ears and/or hearing. Because you are having a hard time hearing some sounds, it makes logical sense that you aren't going to be able to contribute to discussions with others because you may not be able to hear what they are saying. This set of circumstances may cause some bewilderment and frustration from you and the people that you are trying to converse. How can you be expected to respond to something when you can't hear what was said to you? To assuage some of the pressure that can build from these types of situations, you should notify the people who you talk with the most that you are having hearing deficits as a result of being ill and you may not be capable of understanding what is said. You may wish to clarify the fact that you will probably ask these individuals to repeat what they said over and over until you can hear what was said. The process of repetition can be agitating for those persons who have to reiterate what they say, so you should be prepared for some who may not wish to recur what they said and instead walk off or refuse to converse with you any further. If someone wishes to really communicate with you, they will not mind altering their behavior to accommodate your needs.
There could be the onset of scary, startling heart palpitations, a speedy heart beat, or chest pains as other manifestations of forbearing this syndrome. At first, you may panic not knowing if you are having a heart attack because you aren't familiar with having this type of pain. If you do experience this kind of pain at all, don't wait to address it. Have yourself looked at immediately by a physician. You are better off to be a little embarrassed about having chronic fatigue syndrome-related heart palpitations or a racing heart diagnosis than ignoring the pain and suffering of a heart attack which would not be related to this condition at all. The palpitations may feel like a fluttering or slight rumbling sensation in your chest. A speedy heart beat may exhibit a sensation of your heart beat racing faster than it should be or quicker than you have ever felt before. A chest pain can be a short, sharp aching sensation that radiates around the heart area. The intensity of the palpitations and racing heart beat usually lasts for a very abbreviated time and occur when your fatigue is at its worst. A mildly elevated heart beat or a heart murmur is also a very common manifestation. These symptoms tend to commence in the primary two years of having this syndrome.
Blood pressure fluctuations-either lower or higher than normal-are another physical symptom that you will experience as you endure this illness. You had normal blood pressure before you became ill and may have never had a problem with blood pressure your entire life. Now that you are sick, you have many influences that you can't control that can instigate problems with your blood pressure besides the actual effect that chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome has on your bodily functions. You have gained weight, live a more stressed life style, and can't exercise on a regular basis as you once did. These factors can aggravate your existing differentiation in blood pressure and can cause oscillations of varying degrees especially if compounded by environmental stresses like offensive odors or bad lighting.
Even if you used to be in excellent physical condition pre-CFIDS, you will undergo periods of time where getting out of bed or standing up from sitting can instigate a loss of energy and breath. Climbing stairs may seem like an impossible feat since you will have to stop every few steps just to catch your breath. Any type of exertion will bring about a bout of shortness of breath. You may discover that when you simply bend over, lie down, or walk, your breathing becomes irregular and you can't seem to take any deep breaths. Again, if this symptom is bothering you to any extreme, don't hesitate to go to your doctor to get checked out to be sure this is not a more serious condition than just being a manifestation of this disease.
Your arms and legs may begin to swell for no apparent reason or cause. They could begin to balloon if you have any kind of sensitivity or allergic reaction to any allergen. For the most part, you may note that the swelling will subside on its own usually as quickly as it commenced. This symptom can be extremely uncomfortable especially for women sufferers who naturally bloat during their menstruation cycle. It means that this group of individuals will have a more intense swelling episode than a man or child.
Numb, tingling feet and hands become the norm especially when you lie down or go to sleep. You could also experience outbursts of pain in your arms and legs for no outward explanation and/or a burning sensation in your hands and feet. Your body will almost feel as if it has anesthetized itself or that you no longer seem to have any proper circulation in your extremities. These events can happen immediately after standing for a long time or walking.
Joint aches and pains can be so intense that you won't be capable of any movement. All of the junctions in your fingers, hips, elbows, ankles, and knees seem to swell and ache constantly. You may discover that you can't comfortably bend all of these joints without feeling some discomfort. It feels as if these joints have dramatically aged and that you are suffering from some weird strain of arthritis. No amount of movement will appear to remedy the aches. Rest and relaxation tend to alleviate the pain and contribute to helping the joints regain their mobility. Because there is so much stress on your arms and hands from suffering with this sickness, you will detect that your handwriting has also been affected. It may be very difficult for your hand and fingers to grip a pen or pencil. Bending the fingers to put necessary pressure around your writing tool can be so painful, you could just throw the pen or pencil down and cry out in distress. If you do attempt to write, your handwriting could be totally illegible or for the most part largely unreadable. You may sense that you are trying to write neatly but it seems as if your brain, hand, fingers, and pen or pencil aren't connecting and working together. It is as if all of them are fighting each other to see how really messy you can make your writing. You will notice that you realize that you aren't able to write the with the same relaxed quality that you are used to doing and this action that you took for granted now becomes another frustrating chore to contend with now you are ill.
An additional symptom is for you to have a lower backaches-especially feeling pain emanating from underneath either side of your rib cage. Your malfunctioning organs such as the spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands, and liver can create some intense aching because they are overworked and dysfunctional. Also, you will endure many backaches from being inactive for long periods of time while you lie in bed or on the couch. The musculature in your back needs to exercise itself to stay healthy. While agonizing with this disease you will be sedentary and these muscles won't move around a lot. Because they aren't active, these muscles can get easily strained from the simplest of movements once you do get up to rouse yourself.
Your abdominal pains can be so fierce that you can feel as if you are in need of a gastrointestinologist on a daily basis. There may be a constant ache in the middle of your body. You may find yourself grunting and moaning in pain, rubbing your stomach, and swearing that there is something more serious happening in your abdomen besides having these common signs of agonizing with chronic fatigue syndrome. You may become bloated and somewhat nauseous on a regular basis after eating, especially any vegetables or whole grain foods which have now become the bulk of your "new" diet. Your digestive tract is having a harder time absorbing food as a result of the disruption from the disease being in your body. Suffering with an irritable bowel means that you will fluctuate from one extreme to the other in dealing with constipation and diarrhea. You should closely monitor the severity of this particular manifestation and adjust your diet to aid your body's natural process of digesting and eliminating food.
Another disturbance connected to this symptom is to have more of a frequency to urinate than you did before you became ill. You may not have a massive difference in the amount of fluids that you drink, but you do have more of an urge to go to the bathroom. It may be harder to relieve yourself than before even though you are putting more fluids into your system. Pain upon urination is another prevalent complaint among sufferers. There is a noticeable ache and pressure in the abdomen and back when trying to urinate.
Women tolerating CFS have discovered that they seem to get urinary tract infections for no explainable reason. These infections flare up quickly and arise more frequently than what they experienced before they came down with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome. Some have even been hospitalized for their infections and when necessary diagnostic tests were done to address the severity of the infections, they showed a minimal rate to no infection at all even though these individuals were lying in the hospital bed suffering in agony right there in front of the doctor. You should regulate yourself very closely if you find yourself undergoing this manifestation. If these symptoms are bothersome and overly painful, don't waste time guessing about what is wrong and see a physician as the situation may require medical attention to help get the healing process started. In the meantime until seeing your doctor, be sure to drink plenty of fluids especially water and cranberry juice, to help keep your urinary tract from seizing up and not working.
CFIDS toleraters are susceptible to various yeast infections such as thrush in the mouth and the yeast candida which causes vaginal yeast infections. Some women sufferers who never had problems with yeast infections previous to being ill now have them all of the time-especially after ingesting any sugar, alcohol, or sweets. Yeast will seemingly multiply at a faster rate in your sick body. You will detect that your previous treatment plan for fighting the yeast isn't as effective as it once was in addressing this type of infection. The medications used may be too strong for your body to have either in or on it. You could develop an immediate allergic response to the medications. Using a more natural approach such as eating yogurt, eliminating any sugars and/or alcohol from your diet, and increasing your water intake to flush out your system can temporarily relieve some of the infection. If it persists, don't waste any time in having a doctor prescribe some kind of more intensive and aggressive treatment plan.
Your sex life will become inactive due to low energy levels, self-esteem problems about your gained or lost weight, distressing physical appearance, and a general disinterest because you are distracted by painful symptoms of suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome. Your reproductive organs may become less moist and pliable as a result of the hormonal and chemical imbalances in your sick body. You may require some kind of moisture product to aid in this dryness that you are feeling in your pelvic area. Most of these products are chemically based, so be conscious of the fact that you could have a sensitivity reaction to the product. Creams, lotions, or lubricants that are utilized in conjunction with diaphragms may also cause a contradictory reaction such as pelvic pain, bloating, cramping, spot bleeding, and could contribute to a urinary or pelvic infection. The same allergic response can occur from using a condom. Your body could be very sensitive to the material that the condom is made from. Don't assume that an expensive brand is any more non-allergenic than a cheaper product. Check to see what type and brand of condoms you tried that created a reaction in or on you and make an informed decision regarding which one you choose to use.
Any type of an allergic reaction to any man-made or natural chemical is an indicator that you may have had a genetic predilection which causes your body to be sensitive to all chemical instigators. If you had suffered from any autoimmune ailments and/or allergies pre-CFS, then you have a preference and a weakness in your immune system towards contracting these types of diseases. Allergic reactions and chemical sensitivities to things that you weren't reactive to before you became ill are two other types of indicators that you now suffer with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome. This manifestation can develop within a year from the original commencement of the disease. The most severe complaints of allergic reactions and chemical sensitivities are in sufferers who have had CFIDS for more than five years. They complain that they had noticeable reactions to environmental factors such as odors and smells, tastes of particular foods, prescription drugs, and outdoor and household chemicals at the onset of the disease. These reactions came about at the same time that they noticed the extreme fatigue they felt during the immediate time before they became ill. The uncontrollable response that your body has to anything that could commence an allergic reaction perturbs the delicate balance of your physiology. In turn, the agitation of all of the organ systems presents a consistent pressure on your body to "shut down" when it can't handle the disturbance. Compound the added stress of other symptomatic responses and reactions while you are going through with a sensitivity reaction and you can begin to understand why your poor body is malfunctioning.
You may suffer with allergic or sensitivity responses to an immense magnitude of smells and tastes. Your environment could be an instigator for a majority of the allergic reactions. Personal items such as perfumes, dyes, hand cream, and make-up (even if it is made for sensitive skin) can cause problems. Car exhaust fumes, inks, glues, chemicals, molds, dust, and pollens are some environmental "poisons" that can cause an allergic response in your chronic fatigue syndrome weakened body. Your immediate surroundings can even be agitators for your susceptible immune system. How about the potpourri you have scattered around the house or the odors from your blooming flowers and plants? Household chemical cleaners can be overwhelming. Air-conditioned air can contain some molds and mildews that can make you very ill. During winter months, the vapors from any alternative heat sources can cause some breathing difficulties.
Various fibers and the cloths that are made from these fibers can create a sensitivity reaction. You may detect that you can't tolerate any pieces of man-made materials such as those found in your clothing, bedding, pillows, couch, and shoes. You may have to consider replacing some of these items that cause an allergic reaction. Natural fibers can be your best bet to not having an allergic response. There are many stores that carry items that are made from natural fibers and you will have to become an informed shopper. Be cautious about what you do purchase. Keep in mind that nylon and lycra are synthetics that don't "breathe". Items made from these synthetics may bother you more than "breathable" fibers such as cotton. You should pay close attention to the components of items that will come into direct contact with your body and especially ones that have caused a previous sensitivity reaction. Undergarments are the most important clothing items to note, your bedding second, and your footwear third. Think about what items you will either wear or be close to for long amounts of time and focus on replacing them first. If there is no label that states what the item is made out of, ask the salesperson. If he or she doesn't know, find someone who does or don't buy the item. Also, if the item has been dyed or treated, you should consider how that process may affect you. Obviously, you can't expect that you won't encounter items that have been dyed if you are buying anything colorful. However, you should be cautious about what type of dyes or tints were used in the process. You are better off being solicitous than suffering with a reaction later on when you are wearing, sitting, or sleeping on the item. When you are thinking of making a purchase of one of these items, also consider how you will have to keep the item laundered or cleaned. If it requires any dry cleaning, you may wish to reconsider buying that item. Dry cleaning means that the cleaners will add chemicals to the item and you may not have an allergic response to the item but could from the cleaning chemicals. If you are considering a large item purchase, such as a couch or bed, keep in mind that you will have to clean these items. Chemical cleaners can be a problem so be sure there is some type of alternative offered in how you can launder it.
Your initial reaction to your sensitivity reactions may be to consider going to an allergist to request allergy tests that can result in specifically designating which allergens you are having problems with. This office visit is not going to do you much good and the tests will cost a lot of money that you don't have because you are on a limited budget. If you are suffering with CFS, your allergy tests will come back with either no reaction or a reduction in your body's responses to the reactive substance that was injected into your body. Your histamine level could show no reaction to a minimal reaction to any type of allergen that the allergist tries even though you are experiencing obvious extreme sensitivities and reactions to that same allergen. Anergy is the term used for this condition of when the body doesn't have any reaction and it is very common for chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome sufferers. It appears that your body is not responding when it actually it is over stimulated and overreacting. CFIDS seems to be able to mask the symptomatic responses that your body is actually exhibiting. Physical manifestations which indicate you are undergoing some kind of a reaction are usually red rashes all over your body, reddening of cheeks, and a lighter rash on the face and neck. Swelling, puffiness, and itching will accompany the rashes. You may discover that the red rashing on your arms, legs, neck, and face may never totally dissipate even though you are no longer having a direct reaction to something. It could become somewhat of a permanent condition for the duration of coping with chronic fatigue syndrome. If you are one of the unfortunate toleraters who suffer with this disease for years on end, you may discover that you will become a universal reactor with multiple chemical sensitivities. You may end up being allergic to everything-sort of like a "bubble person". Anything or anyone could and will trigger some kind of allergic reaction. It could be from the clothes that you wear, to what you eat and/or drink, or come into contact with such as your own body and your environment. If you suffer from this ordeal as a complicated symptom of CFS, the odds are that you may have some kind of mild brain damage caused by the neurotoxicity from your environment. There is only one way to tell if indeed this does occur and that is to have a brain spect scan done. Up to this point in time, the only proven treatment plan for a "bubble person" who severely suffers from chronic fatigue immune and dysfunction syndrome is to undergo a detoxification process which coincides with acupuncture treatments. The procedure is meant to cleanse the body of all unnecessary toxins and help support the overstressed liver which has been trying the entire duration of the encounter with the disease to naturally clean itself out without help.
Any physical eccentricities or diseases that you have had prior to contracting the CFS viruses will become amplified and accentuated. If you suffer from arthritis, it will be more painful and your joints could be more swollen. You could be a diabetic and having this syndrome means that you may have a harder time detecting the right insulin for your diseased body. A missing limb may have more "ghost" pains that you were previously used to tolerating. The immune system in the body is of the utmost importance in combating any type of disease or eccentricity and since yours is malfunctioning, your body will sense and feel more aches and pains than it ever did.
Obviously, the effect of agonizing with any or all of these various physical symptoms over any length of time can contribute to causing some future health risks. Your body is going to take a longer time to heal itself from this disease as compared to any other type of illness that you may have experienced in the past. The excessive strain on your body during the duration of your encounter with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome means that you have to be as supportive and nurturing as you can towards it. Since you are now informed and aware of all of the symptoms that you can contract in tolerating this sickness, there should be more emphasis placed on keeping yourself as healthy as you can from the outside in and the inside out.
There is one serious issue concerning contagion. Since there isn't very much data on CFIDS itself, the information on the viruses that spread this illness is not specific and obscure. You are best to treat this disease as if it was any other transmittable sickness by using good personal hygiene practices. It is a good idea to not donate blood or blood products, such as plasma, until there is more direct evidence about the contagion component of chronic fatigue syndrome.
What can you do to help your body heal itself? Stay as rested as possible, relax and lie down whenever you find the need, take regular walks to get some exercise once you feel you can handle walking, ingest only nutritious foods and drinks, and take vitamin supplements faithfully. You should monitor your fragile body daily and note any irregularities connected to any symptoms because there could be some manifestations that should be addressed by a doctor. Regular visits to an informed physician can contribute to a better sense of your body's wellness. The condition of your afflicted body will depend on how you treat yourself while you are sick. Cherish your body and keep it strong and sound. Be good to your body and it will be good to you!