10 things you only know if you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

3. The FOMO is real

FOMO, or fear of missing out, is an absolute bitch for a fatigue sufferer, and something I still haven’t got to grips with. Saying no to a pint because you’re too tired?! That’s crazy! But it’s what has to be done, and turning down those social invites or spontaneous catch ups becomes a heart-wrenching reality because sometimes you know how much it will cost you in energy if you throw caution to the wind and think ‘Ah f*** it, let’s go for a drink.’

ME/CFS symptoms

Muscular pain, joint pain and severe headaches

Poor short-term memory and concentration, and difficulty organising thoughts and finding the right words (‘brain fog’)

Painful lymph nodes (small glands of the immune system)

Stomach pain and other problems similar to irritable bowel syndrome, such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and nausea, sore throat

Sleeping problems, such as insomnia and feeling that sleep isn’t refreshing

Sensitivity or intolerance to light, loud noise, alcohol and certain foods

Psychological difficulties, such as depression, irritability and panic attacks

Less common symptoms, such as dizziness, excess sweating, balance problems and difficulty controlling body temperature

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