I originally posted this on the heart disease forum, because along with my symptoms of fatigue and muscle pain, I've had some worrying heart symptoms. However, the fatigue, pain and brain fog is much more... um, I can't think of the word, because of the fog...it's more constant and in the forefront. I have also been told by a friend who has been diagnosed with ME that my symptoms are generally consistent with hers. ME seems to be what British people generically term what Americans generically term CFS (my mother, a medical transcriptionist, says that the difference is that ME is sudden onset and CFS is gradual onset) but I'm open to your thoughts on this.
I am a 31-year-old woman. I am of normal weight and enjoy a healthy diet and, until recently, an active lifestyle. For the past 8-12 months I have been suffering increasing fatigue, muscle pain (mostly in my legs, but also in my arms) and ice-cold extremities. The fatigue got to the point where I could only work for about 3 hours a day (luckily I have a really understanding and flexible boss - the boyfriend of the friend with ME!) and had to spend the rest of my day basically horizontal. The muscle pain so bad that I could barely brush my hair. My blood tests were normal, and my doctor suggested stress or depression to be the cause. While I don't have any stigma attached to mental issues causing physical ailments, I truly do not believe this is the case. My only feelings of depression are associated with not being able to do what I'm used to being able to do!
In the past few months I have noticed irregularities in my heart beat - beat, skip a beat, then a run of 2 or 3 beats at a much faster rate. I think it's been that way or a while, but I think I've noticed more since being aware that I'm not well. I had an EKG which showed sinus arrhythmia.
In the past few weeks I've begun to experience sharp jabs of pain in my chest just left of centre.
I was born with a heart murmur, which when I was growing up was never noticeable, but is now audible again. I also have a relatively low blood pressure of 60/100 (which I believe was normal when it was last tested 2 or 3 years ago).
I wonder if anyone else here has experienced heart issues along with their CFS/fibro.
Any other ideas you might have would be much appreciated.
All the best,