Hi Miss Moss and others-
I’ve had a daily headache most of my adult life - at least since I was 20/21 (I’m now 36) and I had a migraine every day for 11 months. Since then I’ve had a daily headache and a migraine at least once every 6 weeks, often more. Sometimes the daily headaches have waned, but definitely for about 18 months before the big bang of MAV hit I remember going to the GP about the daily chronic headaches and the chronic fatigue because they were affecting my life so badly. Ironically, I was put on amitriptyline, but didn’t stay on it long (6 weeks) because it made me feel like even more of a zombie and I couldn’t function at work and as a mom. I didn’t (and still don’t) like going to the GP because I’m pretty sure they all think I’m a crazy hypochondriac. I saw Dr S on 25 Jan, which was great, but the travel to and fro has knocked me around so much. He’s brilliant and makes me feel not so crazy, it’ll be great to know that my GP will have his letter on file so at least I have something to back me up!
I’m so exhausted all the time. Like you and the others, I struggle just to get through the day on most days, and that’s after a good 10 hours sleep. I consider 9 pm a late night! Party animal! Maintaining a house and having any energy to keep up with a four year old is nearly impossible, but I just try to do the best I can and try not to let the guilt spiral get too bad.
I, too, have suffered from fatigue for a long time. When I went to the GP about it years ago when I was trying to get pregnant, I was told it was because I was depressed. I wasn’t, but he thought I should be because I had just moved from the UK from the US. Gotta love GP’s. I suffered from it in the US as well, but just assumed it was because I was studying/working too hard. Always seemed I needed more sleep than all my friends. The fatigue has definitely gotten MUCH worse since the MAV hit, but I don’t know if that’s the medicine or if it’s because I’m not able to work, so I’m not as busy so I notice it more, if that makes sense? As I can’t be on a computer for more than 30 minutes, watch TV or read for more than an hour, have no energy to clean/exercise/do much more for long periods of time, the day drags by. So I tend to notice the exhaustion quite a bit. But then I imagine those people that are working are even more exhausted because I can’t imagine trying to use my brain right now. As is probably obvious by this post.
I have the aches, too, and I feel much to young. Dr S brought it up at my appointment, he said it’s part of MAV. I have bad aches on my left side, worse when lying down to the point that it wakes me up in the night because my entire left side feels almost like it’s gone numb. Never mentioned it to my GP, for the above reasons. By the end of most days, by whole body aches like I’ve been in a boxing ring with Ali even though I’ve only done light housework. I feel like it’s because I don’t move enough and I need to exercise more, but like you said, how do I do that exactly when I struggle to maintain balance to take a shower? Kind of hard to go to Zumba or something isn’t it? Walking my daughter to pre-school one day a week is difficult enough, and that’s only .7 miles each way. I look like a drunk and feel like crap when I get back. Yoga when you can’t balance is definitely out of the question!! What are we supposed to do?
Ugh. I for one am tired of this illness and really hope the drugs kick in really soon and we can feel like normal women someday soon!!