Ritalin works for me
Since january this year I'm on Ritalin. I was very reluctant, but I'm glad I've given it a try.
I want to tell you about my experiences with this drug, but at the moment I'm pretty tired, so I think there will be a lot of misspellings etc in my narrative.
Well, seven years ago I was at my worst, I became bedridden for some years, and couldn't tolerate daylight, noises, or other incentives (I even couldn't tolerate bright colours anymore - while I'm a painter).
When I recovered a little bit, I could tolerate more, but not much. For example: when I'd seen a friend or family, I needed some days alone to recover from it. Another thing was, I was very chaotic. Most of the time it was impossible for me to keep my house tidy, just because of this. Same problem with my bills etc, my administration was a chaos too and I couldn't help it. I felt powerless. It seemed like my brain didn't work anymore.
I thought I was so chaotic and intolerant because I was to exhausted.
In january I tried Ritalin, and within a few days a lot of these symptoms disappeared! No chaos anymore, I could clear my house and do things that needed to be done. I became much more practical.
I can tolerate much more, so I can see more people. I can do more things a day.
Ritalin doesn't make me hyper. Maybe it gives me more energy, but I think I save a lot of energy because I'm less chaotic and don't get ill from noises etc anymore.
I still don't have the energy I would have without cfs, but my energylevel is maybe 250% of the energy I have without Ritalin (I still often need rest in the afternoon). And still my immune system doesn't work good.
My boyfriend, who didn't knew me before I had cfs, almost didn't recognize me when I'd started with Ritalin. Need I say more?
For him it felt like he had another girlfriend. He's also very happy with the healtier and happier me.