Friday, August 20, 2010

Stress and it's Effects..........

Is it normal with CFS to somewhat lose your ability to deal with stress? I have always had some "anxiety" issues, but lately I just seem uncapable of handling it. There has been alot of "drama" at work this week, and I literally can feel it mentally and physically.

It's too much, I come home feeling beat up physically and emotionally. In fact, my husband actually thought I was feeling better on Tuesday evening when I came home, but it was just the high stress that looked like energy from the outside.

While, I realize this is another sign that it is time to step away for a bit, I just want to make sure that I'm also not going a bit crazy.


  1. Hello Dawn,
    I fully understand where you are coming from with regards to stress before the onset of CFS/ME I was a primary school teacher for 19 years and worked with stressful situations most days but now I find the simplest things so stressful that the energy just drains away. I find sharing my experiences with others helps my stress levels and makes me feel less isolated and gives me something positive to focus on. To this end, with my family's assistance, we have started our own site. If you visit on the attatched link and like what we are trying to achieve, you might consider exchanging your HTML banner code or your URL so we can advertise on each others sites and hopefully spread the word to a greater audience.
    Julie x

  2. Julie-

    Thanks for commenting. I am so relieved to hear that you also have noticed this, but also sorry that you also have had to experience it.

    I will definately check out your site, unfortunately I'm a little computer illerate and can't even figure out right now how to add a list of blogs I follow - but would be happy to add your site - if you can offer some technical advice :-)

  3. I have found since getting M.E. that in general I've had to teach myself to be less stressed as otherwise my symptoms flare. However, since being ill, I've also noticed that often little things will bug me and I'll blow them way of proportion (we're talking the fact that I've left something on the bed and now I want to lie down upsets me).

    A few techniques I do is meditation - simply focusing on my breathing and trying not to think about anything. And tensing and relaxing my muscle - this can be quite painful but when you relax them can help release some pain as well. Hope this helps x

  4. I am a bit like Bethany, I have had to teach myself to not get stressed or anxious. It's very common for people with this illness to get sensory overload really easy. For example if there are 2 people in the room talking at the same time my brain canno longer deal with that, I need simple thngs one at a time otherwise its overload and onset of stress as a result, aaahhhh!!!! hahaha. Another example is I cannot have a conversation in the car (mum drives me to Dr's appointments) unless my eyes are closed because all the movement is way to much visual stimulation to deal with if I am expected to think and speak as well.
    Lots of people where dark glasses and earplugs when they go out for this reason, the glasses could also be handy if you ever decide to rob a bank haha!! but then again that would probably be just way to stressful hehehe

  5. Lee Lee,

    You always make my smile - Thanks.
    I also have noticed the issue with multiple conversations but never added the two together. Yes, the bank robbery.......while tempting at times...can you imagine the anxiety? We would never sleep again - LOL.

    Bethany - Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Learning a better way of handling my stress is a wonderful idea - who ever knew that this disease would cause such complex and wide range of symptoms.......