Sunday, 21 July 2013

ME/CFS and Polio -- similarities that should not be ignored

Fortunately, I do have that friend with polio, so I steadfastly defended my decision to rest muscles before they reached paralytic muscle weakness against ignorant doctors and laypeople who insisted that I had to exercise my way back to health.  Been there, done that, saw that it made the paralytic muscle weakness last longer.
Meanwhile, those who had never seen that happen insisted that they were right, I was wrong, and that my refusal to exercise my way back to health was pure laziness ... unwilling to accept that I would have liked nothing more than to go out for a long walk or dancing the night away, but my body rebelled -- not only my legs became too weak to hold me up, but my other symptoms increased.  Not for a few hours, but for weeks afterward.  The more I toughed it out, the sicker I got.

Life as we know it: ME/CFS and Polio -- similarities that should not be ignored

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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