ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & the Flu

I've been sick since Friday and I'm assuming it's the flu bug that has been going around.  I've been feeling semi-sick on my stomach and I have a cold and sinus headache and now it's settled in my … [Read more...]

CFS & Fibromyalgia Symptoms Flare In Cold Weather

The weather is as unpredictable as our ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia symptoms can be.  I find that I personally struggle the most with symptoms flaring when the weather and temperatures are at extremes - … [Read more...]

Chronic Pain – Like the Annoying Person Who Never Leaves

When I went in for physical therapy the other day, my therapist asked me that ever-annoying question that us chronic pain sufferers hate to hear:  "What is your pain level today on a scale of 1 - … [Read more...]

I’m Not An Airhead – I Have Brain Fog

Yesterday and today were both bad ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia days for me and today I had to work for 4 hours.  My son kept saying to me, "Mom, you really ought to call off.  You're not in any shape to … [Read more...]

ME/CFS Symptoms Change with the Season

I am not a fan of the summer temperatures at all but I really do not look forward to the fall and winter months.  The changes in the seasons, temperatures, humidity, and lack of sunlight all make my … [Read more...]

Balance Problems Getting Worse with Fibromyalgia & ME/CFS

I have never been what you could call a "graceful" person.  I gave my mother plenty of scares when I was a child with all of my falls and accidents I would have running into things and falling off of … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger Post: Back Pain & Chronic Illness: How to Cope

Please welcome guest blogger, Paul Jaggard, to Fighting Fatigue.  You can read Paul's bio at the end of the post. One of the unexpected side effects of a chronic illness can be back pain. When you … [Read more...]

ME/CFS & Orthostatic Intolerance

Another one of the many annoying symptoms of ME/CFS is the dizziness and lightheaded feeling that we get with the illness.  Some days, the dizziness can be mild and other days some patients can faint … [Read more...]

Can Diet Really Help ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia Patients’ Symptoms?

I recently wrote a post where I talked about how I have been having an improvement in symptoms and have been having more energy since changing my diet and one of my online friends commented that she … [Read more...]

Painful Lymph Nodes, Sore Throat & CFS Night Sweats

I started feeling a little better toward the end of last week but the past two nights I haven't slept hardly at all and I'm feeling the symptoms getting worse again.  I am particularly having trouble … [Read more...]

Driving Difficulties With ME/CFS

The other night I wrote a post about vision problems with ME/CFS and it reminded of me how driving is affected also, partly because of the vision problems.   When I have severe flares from the CFS, I … [Read more...]

Visual Problems with ME/CFS

Last week on the CFIDS Association Facebook page, the organization brought up issues with visual disturbances in ME/CFS.  Visual problems are something that is hard for people who do not have CFS to … [Read more...]

Sometimes CFS Feels Like Bipolar Disorder to Me

There have been many times during the past 20 years that I have been sick with ME/CFS that I have wondered if maybe I have bipolar disorder.  I will have many times over the years where I have … [Read more...]

ME/CFS Pain vs. Fibromyalgia Pain – How I Can Tell the Difference

Having one chronic illness like CFS or Fibromyalgia can be complicated enough.  But then add to it one or more additional chronic illnesses and it feels like your whole world is turned upside down.   … [Read more...]

Post-Exertional Malaise – the CFS Symptom That Doesn’t Know the Difference Between Work & Play

When my husband and I first started dating, we were on the go nonstop.  I went from a marriage to a man who never took me anywhere or did anything with me to a man who was on the go all of the time.  … [Read more...]