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‘Firing On Zero Pistons’ ~ Tips For Dealing With Extreme Fatigue in FMS & CFS

What if the blood running through your veins suddenly turned to cement?

  How would it feel to walk if the air surrounding your body slowly turned to molasses?

The human head weighs approximately 10lbs.  Imagine if your head was abruptly loaded with several heavy stones, and your neck was unable to support the weight for more than a few minutes at a time?

 This is what ‘chronic fatigue’ feels like.

3 tips for extreme fatigue in FMS & CFS

I’ve experienced a long stretch of time since I last dealt with this FMS symptom.  It’s been about 7 months since I have felt this ‘dead weight’ weariness.  Until yesterday.  It hit me all at once right around 11am.  I woke up, did a few small chores, sat down to do a little work on the computer, and BAM!  I stood up to walk out back, and it was like a 1000lb boulder had been hefted onto my shoulders.


For me, these ‘fatigue flares’ seem to be proceeded by several migraines, coupled with a bout of depression.  It’s important to notice patterns in your flares.  This may help to predict future flares, and if possible, to plan accordingly:

  • Try to keep commitments limited when planning your schedule
  • Give a ‘heads up’ to family members so they can be prepared, and help if needed
  • Practice good ‘self care’ {rest/good nutrition/minimize stress} in order to possibly lessen the severity of symptom

Other than that, there really is no way to predict or all together avoid these fatigue episodes.  Like every other symptom, all we can do is manage the best we can and ride it out.

For now, have a restful day if you can, and keep moving forward (even if it is one slow step at a time)~


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  • Reply
    February 14 at 7:54 am

    I never recognized the pattern leading up to my flare. Mine is stress, migraines, depression, flare.

    • Reply
      February 14 at 9:37 am

      Hi Sue! Yes, I think we’re on to something here! There may well be patterns, and if they’re are, they may help us better prepare and possibly lessen the severity of our flares! Thanks for sharing that Sue, it’s really helpful 🙂 Have a wonderful day! 😉

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    Deborah Davis
    February 22 at 4:12 pm

    I am so delighted that you shared your healthy and helpful Tips For Dealing With Extreme Fatigue in FMS & CFS with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I’m Pinning and sharing this!

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      February 22 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you Deborah! I hope it is helpful information to those who deal with these issues 😉

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    February 23 at 10:19 am

    I love that you share your tips, experiences and life with us. It helps me to look for hidden clues to my disease too. I wish that these chronic diseases didn’t exist, but they do. I am so thankful for those, like you, who share their experiences in order to let the rest of us know we are not alone, and to help us navigate life!
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      February 23 at 10:46 am

      Thank you Nikki! I hope it always helps, there is so much to discourage us with chronic illness, but we can always encourage and support each other 🙂

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