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I need your first month/season/year of illness for research please?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by Sandman00747, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. Sandman00747

    Sandman00747

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    Would you please just tell me what year you got sick and what season of the year it was or as close as you can get. I'm doing some research to show to a couple of ID and research docs. Thanks all!
     
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  2. purrsian

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    I first had glandular fever in Sept 2003, although I didn't get actual ME straight away. I was never quite the same after the glandular fever, but didn't start declining and getting bad PEM until 2006. I'm not really sure what set it off then, although it was near the start of the year so perhaps the xmas period stressed and exhausted me too much.

    One thing to note: if you're looking at anything seasonal (like if we tend to get sick in winter or something along those lines) then you need to look at season over month. I'm in Australia, so I got glandular fever in spring, while I first severely declined and started looking for a diagnosis in summer. Not sure if that's what you're looking at or not, but could make a big difference to your analysis as there are quite a few Aus/NZ peeps around PR :)
     
  3. *GG*

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    May 2003.

    GG

    PS You might want to change Title to be more specific. Perhaps the small favor title will not grab much attention?
     
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    Great points Purrsian! Thanks for your imput. I greatly appreciate it on one of my duller days! I will edit my post!
     
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  5. Sandman00747

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    Thanks GG. I'm having one of those difficult days.
     
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  6. Hutan

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    March 2013 in the Southern Hemisphere. So late summer. 3 of us in my family became ill, all at that same time.

    When I was young, I was sick for about 10 months with what was diagnosed as ME - same symptoms as now. That started in March 1976 (late summer). I had not realised until now that the time of year was consistent for both onsets.
     
  7. Cohen2

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    About June 2003, Southern hemisphere so winter. Interestingly I had a similar onset to @purrsian, also probably triggered by Glandular fever.

    This could be interesting but you may need a lot more data than you can get here if you are trying to find patterns
     
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  8. arewenearlythereyet

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    I didn't have sudden onset. I had what I believe now was adrenal fatigue whilst already being depleted of b12/folate/ b6/biotin (for 10 years plus with peripheral neuropathy). The adrenal fatigue happened over 6 months before getting noravirus in Autumn (October) which I recovered from after a week off work. This was followed by a further bout of noravirus in February (winter). Following recovery from this I got a raft of skin infections from everyday small scratches, my peripheral neuropathy got suddenly worse and I then slowly declined over the next 4 months before getting PEM episodes proper and brain fog. The symptoms rapidly got worse after that. I was then diagnosed with CFS (took 6 months). In all from start to finish my onset was about 8 months to a year.

    I have all the symptoms of CFS and have been diagnosed by a specialist after discounting all other diseases using 2 scoring criteria (Canadian and one other ...can't remember)

    I believe there is a large subset of people that have CFS/me that don't fit into the viral model of sudden onset although do end up with dysfunctional mitochondria/immune system in the end. Anecdotally it seems that around 30% of sufferers seem to have the sudden onset. I say this because I keep seeing a third crop up in a number of studies and I wondered whether anyone had a view on this? Perhaps change the title to include sudden onset from virus to screen out the gradual onset people?
     
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    Spring 1993, Northern California
     
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    February 1st 2014, Northern California.
     
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  12. trishrhymes

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    Myself: Late October 1989, Autumn, UK.

    My daughter: November 1997, Autumn, UK.
     
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  13. Joh

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    December 2002, Sweden.

    Never the same since mono, summer 1997, Germany.
     
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    September 1990 UK, following a 'glandular fever type virus'. This is when I first became ill with the virus, which became Post Viral fatigue Syndrome. Diagnosed by Dr Weir at the Royal Free Hospital early the following year.
     
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    2004. UK.

    Something wasn't quite right from Spring onwards (BCG vaccine?). I was 'fine' and at school and doing normal teenage things but struggled with nausea, brainfog (my grades slipped a lot), tiredness and any type of sport. Then by Oct/Nov I completely crashed and was diagnosed with glandular fever (mono) and never got better.
     
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    February 2013 and december 2014. Both times during the canadian winter.
     
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  17. PatJ

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    2003, I think during summer. I came down with a one day 'flu' that cut my energy level permanently by 50%. I was working a stressful job at the time.

    In 2004 I also had a one day 'flu' that cut my energy permanently by another 50%. I think that was during summer as well. I was even more stressed than the year before. It was gradual decline from then onward.

    I'm in Canada.
     
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  18. ScottTriGuy

    ScottTriGuy Stop the harm. Start the research and treatment.

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    Aug 9, 2012 (summer in Canada).

    But 2 relapses, both in December (one relapse was the day after returning from Mexico).
     
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    February 1993-Winter UK
     
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  20. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    December 3 1990, late fall: USA
     
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