I thought it might be useful and interesting to try to start a thread for us all to post updates from time to time about how we're doing - a place to vent or share encouragement.
I'll go first - I'm 26 year old male, 10 weeks ago came down with VM and spent 6 days in hospital in Surrey.
Although I know it's nothing compared with some of you, I have found the 10 weeks agonisingly slow and frustrating. After feeling pretty good about 3 weeks in, I had a huge relapse crash and have pretty much been on the sofa since. I am extremely fatigued most days, and if I do too much on a good day I have a guaranteed 4 or 5 bad days following it. There is no prospect of going back to work at present, which gives me a lot of guilt as I run a small charity. Headaches are also frequent - sometimes I wake up with them and they last all day, sometimes they just come on if I read for too long or spent time on my laptop.
I've not seen anyone else complain of this, but I've also had very bad digestion issues since coming out of hospital, including bloating, stomach pain, etc and it's been unrelenting for the whole 10 weeks.
As I shared in another post, I've started seeing a Functional Nutritionist who is going to run some tests and I'm really interested to see what this looks like - specifically on my mitochondrial (energy producing) function, adrenal stress glands, and things relating to my gut. GP has also been sympathetic and referred me to Neurologist and Gastro-enterologist. I'm not expecting miracle treatment but little bits of hope on the journey go a long way I think.
The other thing I've suffered with is feeling down and sometimes anxious (about my health), which is not something I've experienced before. I've decided to start counselling, as I'm off work and figure that I should try and do a bit of inner healing if I can. My wife is a counsellor so I see first hand how helpful it can be for people in difficlt times.
Anyway thats my bit - everyone please feel free to share or vent about your own experiences, I think getting it off your chest to people who really understand must be a good thing!