By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Jeff had a typical ME/CFS onset: he was a young, healthy and active individual before being felled by a viral infection and a high temperature. The infection left him with headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness and pain, sound and light sensitivity, and a general sense of being worn down that was exacerbated by exercise – which he soon had to stop altogether. Socializing was the next activity to go as he buckled down to focus on getting through graduate school.
The best doctors, endocrinologists and other specialists could do was point him to a diagnosis of anxiety or depression (which he rejected). He eventually became bedbound where his research led him to a diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
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