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swfiuaMay. 04, 2008 - 04:54AM JST
tiredallthetime: I can relate to your story, I was in a very similar position for 5 years. I got glandular fever and never got better. My GP had me down with post-viral-fatigue. Also diagnosed depression and in fact anti-depressants helped quite significantly.
After 5 years I developed double vision -- and this led to a diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis -- see http://www.mga-charity.org/ for more info.
The odds are low that you have MG (it is pretty rare) -- but I strongly believe that chronic fatigue is likely, like MG, auto-immune at heart.
This was how I ended up here, one of the treatments for MG is to administer intraveous immunoglobulin -- i wondered if that was on the menu (probably not 'cos it is pretty expensive stuff). The IVIG calms the immune system -- the exact mechanism by which it works is a bit unclear, and ironically it can be also used to boost the immune system.
If your problem is auto-immune in nature I would expect that other illnesses, such as flu/colds tend to make things worse. Also, any sort of stress tends to stir things up.
Anyway good luck getting a proper diagnosis.
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