About two weeks ago, I had a bad fall and twisted my ankle almost 180 degrees. Luckily, I think my ankles are extremely flexible so the sprain could have been far worse. It's bruised pretty bad and I still have some swelling, but it seems like it's healing well.
However, it seems like it triggered an ME/CFS crash from the fall and it could be the worst one I've had so far. I also got a terrible headache the day I fell down. I know I didn't hit my head, but maybe the fall was jarring on my spine/neck (I have severe scoliosis).
The fatigue is almost unbearable and I've been fighting my body to keep going to work every day. Has anyone else experienced worsening of ME/CFS fatigue after a physical injury?
Some people develop ME/CFS after a surgery. This is what happened with me. I developed ME/CFS after a major surgery.
RIGHTYea @Sidney, it's so weird - I definitely felt PEM starting a day or two later - can't remember when it really started. Although, the day of, I felt a little like I was in shock right after - I kind of embarrassed myself in a meeting because I got confused (but covered it up well with a joke - I'm good at that with all my brain fog!) and then had a terrible headache that evening.
The good news is my ankle barely hurts anymore, swelling is down, and just a little bruise left. Unfortunately, I'm still in a bad ME/CFS flare. My arms are so sore that I had to swap out a heavy fork at dinner the other night for a smaller, lighter one. Felt like I was doing reps with a 20 lb barbell with every bite.
I know better than to use the word 'cause' as well, I should have said 'related to' or 'associated with', but we're casual here, right?