Whilst I have not been officially diagnosed (papers sent to the specialist, awaiting appointment) I think it has become clearer and clearer to me that this is what I have been suffering with for the last 20+ years.
I have been treated for anxiety and depression all that time, and ADHD since last year. About 4 times a year I go to the Dr because I am so tired and feel so unwell that I can't do anything. I am on D3 and B12 supplements, I've had iron tablets, CBT, psychiatric treatment etc. but still nothing has really changed in terms of how I feel physically or mentally (depression is manageable through meds but has never been anywhere near 'gone''
Each time I see the Dr bloods are taken and come back fine and I was told last year, in simple terms 'tough, get used to it, there is nothing we can do to help'. There are phases during the year where I end up in bed for a week or more and have to force myself back to work - these weeks are where the way I feel is 100x worse than normal and I sleep all the time, have no desire to do anything including eat. I always thought, and was told, this was my depression but knowing what I do about CFS/ME now it is so obvious to me that these weeks are the ones where my fatigue and aches are too much to bear and I can do nothing but sleep.
I have an appointment with my Dr this week to do my annual meds review and am thinking of asking about upping my dose of anti-depressants (on sertraline, 100mg at present) to see if this might help a little in terms of managing my mood.
Does anyone else have advice (I know we are all unique) on how to cope as I had always been told that the tablets would help make things better but actually they have never been addressing the cause, purely the symptoms.
How do people cope? Anti-depressants? Other ways? I find CBT OK but not great at all. I love swimming, yoga and walking but am worried these (have stopped them for some time now) were triggers as well.
Bit of a ramble but I am going through a really tough period with all this right now and am struggling with work and everyday life so really just need to share this with people who understand.