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May we have many more blogs that give you a boost or good information. Sometimes, I feel like I am about to run dry, but that is also true of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am sure you know how it is to feel like you have dried up and the real you, though still inside, is buried under all the fatigue.
However, have you ever tried to figure out whether it was post-exertional fatigue that hit you or depression? This happened to me during the last couple of weeks. The desire to want to do things was there; but so, was the guilt of thinking myself lazy. I finally came to the conclusion I was depressed; and yet, I wasn't in the way I was before I found out I had CFS and I was on a regimen for physical improvement.
Today, I finally got to the point where I did something I wanted to do -- change and wash the sheets and pillowcases on my bed. It wore me out; therefore, it brought me back to the depression versus fatigue question of why I find myself sitting in a chair most of the time. People with depression are usually unmotivated and don't care about doing anything. People who have CFS want to do things, but either do not have energy or run out quickly.
However, I know if I wait out the inactivity phase long enough, I will become motivated. This leads me to believe it is the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that has been making me feel off-balance the last couple of weeks. Also, it happened after a week and a weekend with a mixture of activity; cleaning, stress, both bad and good; as well as having a wonderful visit with my niece; and, going out more than I had gone out in two months. No wonder I was sitting.
Does any of this sound familiar? Do you sometimes get in a slump, which is confusing? You do not know whether it is depression, laziness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Fibromyalgia. How do you handle your slumps? Do you drag yourself out of bed and try to do the things you would do if you felt good, or do you rest? Is there any particular thing, such as music, company coming, or ?????? that helps you to do at least a little bit of the regular chores? I would love to know, because we are all different; and, maybe you might suggest something that would help someone else.