A lot of us with ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia can look back and figure out when our illnesses became serious problems. For some of us we came down will a bad case of the flu, pneumonia, or some other physical ailment and for others it was a car accident or other type of physical trauma. Many of us can also say that we knew as far back as children that there was always something wrong with us (even though no one else believed us and most people thought of us as hypochondriacs or attention-seekers) but there is typically one major event that triggered the CFS and/or Fibromyalgia into uncontrollable illnesses that destined us to a life of suffering.
I have wrote on Fighting Fatigue before that I was always a sickly child and I always needed more rest than my siblings. I also always seemed to have pain issues but they were always dismissed as “growing pains” but I knew they were more than that, even at a young age. I knew there was something not right with my body but when I would go to the doctor there was never any consistency in symptoms and the pieces of the puzzle never fit until I reached 21 and I had a major illness and refused to stay home from work. That one decision and that one mistake changed my whole life forever. That illness fed the CFS & Fibromyalgia that were lying dormant in my body and sent them into full swing and since that time my life has never been the same again.
I would like to hear from my readers how your illnesses began and if you can look back and figure out when you first became sick.