- CASE FILE
I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and have had a hard time finding a specialist to take me as a patient. It's hard to work and be "normal".
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have struggled with major fatigue for several years now, along with migraines and insomnia. It is difficult to maintain a job, and I have no social life to speak of, mainly because I have to recuperate from work. Some medical practitioners believe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is the result of a viral infection. I have labs that show off the chart levels of antibodies for 2 viruses, Epstein-Barr and Cytomegalovirus. Even so, I've been unable to find a specialist who will take me, as many in the medical community don't believe it is a physical condition, saying rather it is psychological. I am often sick with migraines and stomach problems, and have a perpetual "brain fog": an inability to process information as I once did. I am often confused and frustrated, and have problems remembering things and reading. I also seem to be experiencing early menopause, with hot flashes, irritation, mood swings, and anxiety/depression. I have worked with a naturopath who says all of these symptoms can be attributed to the viruses, especially Epstein-Barr. He has a plan to help, but I am unable to afford his treatments as they do not take insurance.