I recently read a wonderful article written by Toni Bernhard for Psychology Today. The article: Another Blow to Chronic Fatigue Sufferers. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians in a new Patient Information sheet, those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are just suffering from a disorder that causes them to be very tired.
So to those of you out there that have been diagnosed with and suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, are you just very tired? Or are you tired to the core, unable to function, suffer debilitating fatigue or wake up as tired as you were when you went to bed?
I think the American Academy of Family Physicians has done a huge disservice to all of us suffering from Chronic Fatigue. I have been diagnosed with this syndrome and do wake up many days unrefreshed. I do have days when my legs and arms are achey and tired. Some days I would love to just crawl back into bed and rest but force myself to keep moving sometimes until I just hit the wall. My problem is that I feel ok and then do more than my body wants to do and pay the price later. I am trying to be better about managing my energy but when I have it I feel like I did before I became ill and it feels so good to just keep doing.
Toni Bernhard has written a wonderful book entitled “How to Be Sick”. There is a link to her website in the section titled Other Authors on Illness. You can also read Toni’s article from Psychology Today at