Hi Guys - just need to put my thoughts down and maybe get some pearls of wisdom from you all!
The past two or three years I have gone downhill from the end of October getting much worse in the spring. This year it's started early and I am so upset that I face only having had three months of usable year.
Last year I started some study in the summer, had to give it up, then got back into it in August this year - now all my concentration has gone again.
There is still a reasonable amount of daylight, it's not hugely cold and it's not wet and rainy - all things that have crossed my mind as being causes in previous years.
It affects me in:
Not getting washed or dressed until late morning or even afternoon - no energy.
Feeling that breathing is a struggle.
Post nasal drip.
Getting irritated by the smallest things
Feeling not part of everything around me, ungrounded, have to struggle to follow things - books, tv programmes, conversations.
Skin feels itchy.
Get so little done yet seem to be too busy because everything takes longer.
It's hard to keep upright and slouch all the time.
Smiling is an effort as the fun edge is taken off everything.
When this happened last year I had new bloodtests at gps - thyroid, B12, D, ferritin, folate and all were at reasonable levels. Now take a good multivit with iron and folate too as those were in lower to mid of range. So see little point in going back this year without anything new to ask for.
I can't face months and months of this - I hate being so irritable too and it doesn't do my relationships much good.
I've sort of accepted that I'll never be completely great again, that I'll always have residual ME/autoimmune/thyroid problems. I just wish I could feel as good as I do in August and September all year round.
I'm at a loss - lots of things go thru mind but trying things can be so costly. Do I need a SAD lamp? should I buy all new winter bedding? should I get private blood tests done? Am I allergic to something I use/eat/do in winter? Should I escape to the sun/dry? Should I up thyroid meds? Should I take vit d or b12 even if past levels have been reasonable? Should I try anti-depressants? I'd do all of these if I could!!!
Sorry it's been a long post but if anyone recognises this bunch of symptoms and has overcome them please let me know!