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Severe Muscle Fatigue After Moving House. Is There a Way Back?

Discussion in 'Post-Exertional Malaise, Fatigue, and Crashes' started by rocketqueen64, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. rocketqueen64

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    My first post...
    I moved house two months ago after a very stressful year.
    Moved in and had quite a lot of help but then when everyone went I ended up doing too much. I was doing okay - I thought. Busy, getting the flat in order, exploring the new area, shopping... blah blah. Then suddenly I was struck by terrible muscle problems. And I realised that I had actually been ignoring the warning signs and had been pushing through. BIG MISTAKE!

    Funnily enough my cognitive functions are fairly okay - it's all in the muscles. IIt is all the muscles I used during and after the move... shifting things when I shouldn't have, driving more, lifting things... stupid. I have muscle weakness (SCARY), muscle pain, muscle twitching and peripheral neuropathy (burning). Therefore, a case of overdoing it. These symptoms are ones of old (had ME 26 years) but I realised I hadn't really suffered from them as much this last year or two. I

    I think I thought that I'd move, settle in and then start living my new life straightaway! My body is telling me something else. Like, "just stop and breathe", and do things more gradually. I have dropped all my regular commitments for now. The local ME group has been very helpful too. Two of them reported that it took many months for them (individually) to recover from their house moves.

    I am having trouble driving but can drive around the local area. (Very local). Mostly I am staying in and have done a lot of online shopping.

    I've started on D-Ribose but not sure it is making any difference and have a chat with the Optimum Health Clinic booked for end of month.

    My question is: Is there any way back from this? I am terrified it is permanent. Dr says it is not permanent but it will take time. He's upped my Gabapentin dose.
     
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  2. taniaaust1

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    I hope you recover from your move, I moved about 2 and a half years ago now to be closer to my specialists and due to being told I'd get more services and help if I was living in the city and Ive still not recovered from my move which made me worst (made it so I cant even now get to them) and still trying to unpack from it :(

    I had family members which in the end finally helped me move but they gave me no help to unpack etc which then destroyed me.

    Its taking me forever to sort out things from the move due to I crashed due to it and didnt pick them back up.

    best luck

    people have suggested to me to move again to be close to my other sister due to me being a lot worst but there is no way I would or could do that again. If I did I probably would be left completely bed bound.
     
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    I don't think this has to be permanent... Lots of rest for those muscles needed! In your shoes I would also take magnesium as I find that helps with muscle cramps etc. it might take some time but should gradually ease....
    Best of luck!
     
  4. hamster336

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    I have the exact same muscle issues. Having been recently diagnosed finally with POTS, I have started wearing some old compression socks I had left over from an operation which I pull up to my thighs.

    I don't know about the POTS but but it has helped my muscle pain. Before putting them on I've been spraying and massaging in some magnesium oil. This seems to calm the twitching and pain a little.
    With these on I've been able to walk and collect children from school etc.
     
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  5. ukxmrv

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    It takes me about a year to begin to recover from moving house. The best thing for me is ART or aggressive rest therapy.

    Stop everything and rest.

    I know that is hard in a new area and with everything in boxes. Our stuff is usually in boxes 1-2 years after a move

    Get your essentials together or if you can hire someone to do this and then stop

    I find that eating more protein plus carnitine / ala helps me but we are all different. Also magnesium and Coq10

    The OHC probably isn't going to me much help to you (in my experience) and you can use the money saved by hiring help
     
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  6. rocketqueen64

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    Thanks for all your replies.

    I am sorry to hear that others have suffered this way too.

    Luckily all my stuff is now in place due to help from friends (and the stupid stuff I moved). I am able to stop more or less, apart from day to day essentials of survival. Mum has been brill... She is 86 too!
    I have one compression sock but will buy more. They do help. I have magnesium oil too and am using epsom salt baths.

    I am trying to eat a lot more protein. I will order carnitine as this keeps coming up in threads. And ALA.

    Think I will give OHC a shot cos I want some of the tests doing and I need some coaching.

    Thanks. Excuse brevity due to weak hands.
     
  7. rocketqueen64

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    PS any product recommendations welcome as it is a minefield!
     
  8. frog_in_the_fog

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    I helped a friend move a few weeks ago, I am still paying the price today.

    I started on Magnesium and CoQ10 to some good result, but I crash after an hour or two. I hear some individuals take doses of CoQ10 all day, I have not tried this yet.
     
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  9. rocketqueen64

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    Hope you recover swiftly.
     
  10. SmokinJoeFraz93

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    Hey, just thought I'd tell you I suffer from that muscle fatigue/burn sensation throughout all my body. I was training very hard 5 days a week with only the weekend not exercising. I continued to train despite the warning signs (decreased performance/less oxygen within the lungs and muscles) I'm here today unable to exercise because I just didn't give in to the muscle fatigue. Every single muscle is affected from head to toe. Writing with a pen causes my hand to burn with fatigue. That's just an example of how a minor part of the body could be afffected. It's terrible and no matter what I do, my muscles burn with fatigue. From brushing my teeth in the morning to unfolding my blanket in the evening. I hope you find a solution. I've been like this for 2 years. But I haven't rested and now it doesn't take much to fatigue the muscle.
     
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  11. rocketqueen64

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    That's awful. I'm a little confused... did you have ME when you were doing all this exercise and are you saying that you have not rested over the last few years?

    I am still suffering although a little better than I was. I definitely have adrenal fatigue and am on supplements for that. Your body enters what is known as a catabolic state where it starts absorbing your muscle to make energy which explains my weight loss, especially on the thighs and arms. I think it's starting to reverse but it will take a lot of time.
     
  12. SmokinJoeFraz93

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    I was fine before starting exercising. Then slowly but surely, these symptoms started creeping up. I was training 5 days a week at an intense pace. Even though my body was slowing down and my muscles were burning with fatigue, I continued to push myself. On top of that I was dealing with a lot of emotional and mental stress which I have been since I was about 15. And I finally gave in and accepted I can't exercise no more. Now I'm a 22 year old that feels 70. Can't exercise. Can hardly walk far because my knees are aching and tired. Mental health has got worse also. Waiting to see an endocrinologist to see if there's anything up hormonaly.
     
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