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What Types of Fatigue Do I Experience Poll

Discussion in 'Post-Exertional Malaise, Fatigue, and Crashes' started by Cort, Mar 6, 2010.

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What Types of Fatigue Do I Commonly Experience?

  1. Post-exertional Malaise - Symptoms increase significantly after relatively mild amounts of lexertion

    520 vote(s)
    84.6%
  2. Brain Fog - I experience significant difficulty concentrating, speaking with ease, etc.

    502 vote(s)
    81.6%
  3. Wired But Tired - Feelings of low energy along with a sense my system will not calm down

    416 vote(s)
    67.6%
  4. Molasses Fatigue - Feelings of heaviness in the limbs are common

    390 vote(s)
    63.4%
  5. Flu-like Fatigue - flu-like feelings accompanied with fatigue are common

    396 vote(s)
    64.4%
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  1. Glycon

    Glycon World's Most Dangerous Hand Puppet

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    Do you have orthostatic intolerance? If you don't (or if it is relativelty light), you could have built in resilience against brain fog as well.
     
  2. Bettie77

    Bettie77

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    I checked all five of this list, but flu-like fatigue and brainfog are the worst.

    The 'flu' is constant now for months, since I still haven't found the balance between activity and rest.

    The brainfog is sometimes scary. I was a member of Mensa, but now I have trouble with reading even a simple wheather forecast, or do some simple adding and subtracting sums. The brainfog after the bike-test was so severe, I couldn't even understand a frase like "Would you like a cup of tea?". I really scared my hubby with that...

    I don't feel like molasses, but more like a 'rubber chicken'. My limbs are not so heavy, but I can't make them do exactly what I want. Like being very, very drunk. When walking my knees and feet go all over the place. When I want to scratch my nose, I end up poking my eye.

    And sometimes, when I'm really forcing myself well beyond my limits, I don't feel the 'tired' when 'wired'. I'm like a robot, I'm on autopilot and I don't feel fatigue. Or hunger, or cold, or pain for that matter. But for anyone around me it's very clear I'm exhausted and about to crash. To me that crash comes as a surprise, something like a sudden "System shutdown in 10, 9, 8, ..."
     
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  3. Rufous McKinney

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  4. Rufous McKinney

    Rufous McKinney

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    Its like the flu 24/7. Mine cycles across the 24 hour period, and corresponds to severe Yin Deficiency in Chinese Traditional Medicine, which does help me with acute symptoms when I am on those herbs. So every nite its VERY bad because the Yin is drained away and is supposed to rebuild in the nite while sleeping. Western medicine might say the Adrenals are exhausted.

    My brainstem is squeezed. It radiates from there. From there: everything above is OVERHEATED (the Yin is not cooling down the Yang), inflamed and in pain. So the brain feels squeezed and the more squeezed the more fog and pain. Occasionally, the fog lifts and I know my smart brain is still actually in there someplace.

    I then also have extreme anxiety, another brain squeeze if you ask me. And so the deep sleep cycle where body repair happens is somehow impaired, so repairs aren't happening or are limited and not adequate. I can attest that when your deep sleep cycle is messed up, your insulin can be very messed up. And when insomnia happens, the brain is FEEDING on the limited energy. The brain is a HUGE CALORIC consumer. So this is messing with blood sugar. Also feeding anxiety.

    Thanks so much for being here: its really helping to just feel not so alone.
     
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  5. Rufous McKinney

    Rufous McKinney

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    Marjorie and others: I call it an ANVIL is sitting on my chest. Its so hard to breathe. during acute episodes.

    I got the norovirus/ felt like on my death bed went to the ER: I could so barely breathe..I considered asking for oxygen.
     
  6. Rufous McKinney

    Rufous McKinney

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    To: Tymewarp: I am your twin! You are not alone! Surfing adrenaline at nite. Writhing on the bed never able to nap yet never waking up either. I "sleep" 11 hours (I have had to Xanax myself in order for that to happen) and then stand up and realize I won't wake up today, really., again. Sometimes I can will myself to brain engage in some distraction; but that is so exhausting. In the last three years, my brain might wake up and be not fogged: one day per month maybe. Two days in a row? NOPE.

    Recently I realized I had been insulted by the dental surgeon. I was descriibing that I am not likely a candidate for dental implants, as my mouth,lips, gums,pallette, tongue, sinus all swell up: my teeth are being pushed out of my mouth. Dentist: doesn't believe me. This was so insulting I do not want to go back.
     
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  7. Rufous McKinney

    Rufous McKinney

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    I have great difficulty driving more than about 1/2 an hour and the Freeway is out of the question. The brain: hurts. Trying to think THRU the fog and molasses layer. It hurts to think. I've been "offline" much of the time for months now. Not listening to the chatter on the TV or radio. Not reading the article. Not learning my Spanish. There is all this pressure in the brain/it is squeezed and boiling over with heat/inflammation...I know 100%.

    My life is called: Escape Planning. I cannot plan fun things. I plan: how will I escape from the demands the world puts on me. I just retired: thats my sole salvation at the moment.
     
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