Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) from Shingles?

Hi and welcome to my blog, which is about how I ended up being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). It explaining how I believe I ended up with this condition, how it has affected me and how I am trying to deal with it at the moment.

My initial blog posts give you the history of how I believe I ended up being finally diagnosed with CFS. If you read the numbered posts that you see in the Blog Archive list to the right starting from number 1 "What is this all about?" then you will read my story below in the correct sequence.

I hope you find this blog interesting and will give some feedback if you believe you have CFS from the same cause as mine and perhaps indicate if and what treatment or strategies etc are helping you to recover or deal with your CFS.

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7. Finally a diagnosis of CFS.

I started to do more research of my own on the internet and in mid 2005 I went to my doctor asking if my condition could be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Adrenal Fatigue. I was referred back to the Endocrinologist consultant I had seen earlier and at the same time was put on a low dose of Amitriptyline another antidepressant. The dose of Amitriptyline was well below the minimum prescribed if you were taking it for depression and the reason I was taking it was for one of its side effects, which was to dry out my sinuses.

After another test of my testosterone levels and for Adrenal fatigue the Endocrinologist consultant finally gave a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. As I am sure others would testify, finally having a diagnosis is good in that at last others agree there is something wrong with you.

However, if you are familiar with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you will know there is no specific test for the condition; it is basically a diagnosis arrived at by excluding other possibilities. You may also know that having been given the diagnosis of CFS that does not mean that now there is a course of treatment to be followed to cure you, as currently there is no specific cure for CFS.

One thing I feel sure about is had I not done my own research and done nothing, I would still either be undiagnosed or a diagnosis would have been a lot longer in coming. So if you are in a similar situation I would strongly suggests that you or someone close to you does further research to keep offering suggestions or questions to your own doctor. It also helps as in my case that your doctor should be open to such suggestions or questions.

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