My name is Dan I am 29 years old and when I was 11 I had to help care for my dad who got diagnosed with ME. He was 28 when he started suffering bad. I lost a lot of childhood doing the shopping paying bills etc as he was bed ridden with it all.
When I was 18 I was diagnosed with a hiatus hernia, acid reflux and chronic gastritis. I have lived with this for 11 years. It’s got worse every year, but the docs won’t operate due to my ages.
In the last 6 months I have felt there is something else.
3 years ago I went through a lot of emotional trauma, suffered severe depression and had on going stress everyday for 2 years.
I got over it all, came off the very strong anti depressants I was on and turned my life around.
Recently, I have been bed ridden for day and sometimes weeks at a time due to tiredness, headaches, too much sleep, not enough sleep, headaches, migraines, stomach pains, contstantly sniffly, but no cold, coughs, when I go out, the bright lights effect me. I feel sick at times, either have diareahh or constipation all the time. In turn this has effected my mood and social elements again.
I am at wits end.
I want to know what’s wrong with me.
Doctors keep saying it’s depression again, but I feel weak day in day out and struggle with day to day activities.
When I push myself to exercise to keep fit, I can suffer for days being in bed.
I am starting to wonder if I have the symptoms of ME.
Can anyone tell me is it known to be hereditary? Or is there a trigger?
I have suffered stress all my life from a young age. But life is great now apart from my health.
I feel I’m letting my partner down and I feel lazy, but I can’t control it....
I find it odd that my dad was exactly the same age when he got it....
Please can someone shed some light on things and offer some guidance or advice?