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Severe ME

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by Mivvi5, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Mivvi5

    Mivvi5

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    Hi all. Severely affected since 1999. Bedridden since 2003. Suffering terribly with 'relapse?' Since April last year when severe pain hit. Mental health declined and was having panic attacks. Moved house. Hospital visits and now i am in such a state. My ME has got worse, its scary, my anxiety is high. I have input from MH team and a good new GP and matrons service.

    I cannot seem to get anything back on an even keel. Its all over the place. Health, anxiety seems overwhelming and unmanageable.

    So scared of my symptoms. Can anyone please point me in the right direction for good information on severe ME. I am a member of the 25% ME group. I just need to know what i am going through is severe ME.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. andyguitar

    andyguitar Senior Member

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    Sorry to hear you are having a bad spell. In your favour is that you have a good new GP. I spent several years doing part time work for someone with the most severe version of ME. They experienced spells like yours and gradually got back to a lower level of severity. It can take many months and depends on what else is going on. Moving house ect will make things worse. You can find your way back. For sure. Hang on in there.
     
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  3. Shoshana

    Shoshana Northern USA

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    So sorry for this terrible long time, of yours, and for the very understandable fears, @Mivvi5

    I would ask the new doctor to test for OTHER possible ailments, that could be causing any of your decline,
    and ANY of your present symptoms.
    Try to get them to look for any other treatable causes, that you might have in addition to the ME, which the ME could mask.

    We are thinking of you!
     
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    Neunistiva Senior Member

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    There is so little information about severe ME. I too am lost trying to figure out if something is a symptom of worsening ME or if I developed another condition.

    The thing is, when you have severe ME you can't get to the hospital to get the tests. The sicker you are the less available medical services are.
     
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  5. Mivvi5

    Mivvi5

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    Thanks all. Its such a difficult one isnt it. I have had all the tests they are going to allow me. All ok so far. We really are just left arent we. X
     
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    andyguitar Senior Member

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    The positive thing is that the tests you have had are negative for any other illness. It's normal for people in your situation to worry that 'something terrible has been missed'. But as your symptoms got worse many months ago this is very unlikley to be the case. The amount of energy you will use when getting used to a new home will be considerable and i suspect that it is one of the main factors in you having a bad patch.
     
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    mariovitali Senior Member

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    @Mivvi5

    If you can, please take a Fibroscan test. It checks for Liver fibrosis and Inflammation.
     

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