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Shedding Light On An Invisible Illness

Thursday 24 May 2018


From New Zealand newspaper the Otago Daily Times:



Shedding light on an invisible illness

By Jean Balchin
Thursday, 24 May 2018
© Copyright Allied Press Limited 2018. All rights reserved.

It all started with a headache. My skull throbbed, and every joint felt like it was encased in hot lead armour. I didn't know it at the time, but I had a pretty bad case of glandular fever.

Evidently my tendency to kiss strange boys in nightclubs had caught up with me. Most people suffering from glandular fever feel better after six weeks or so. It's been three and a-half years, and I still feel like I'm trudging through Chelsea golden syrup, with my battery on 10%, and my mind thick and foggy.

For the last three and a-half years, I've been shuffled from doctor to doctor, and have been poked, prodded and prescribed all number of different ''remedies'' for my strange condition.

I've been told that my bone-deep tiredness is ''all in my head'', that it's a side-effect of depression, that I'm just overreacting. For a while, I believed them. I thought that I was just imagining the never-ending fatigue, the headaches, the sore joints. But then a month ago, I was finally diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).


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