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    4 months ago I was diagnosed with glandular fever, also hepatitis secondary to this. I spent almost a week in hospital and missed the whole of the summer term (I have just finished 1st year). Whilst the Universities support and help in dealing with this- extending deadlines/ extenuating circumstances etc, were fabulous, this illness affected 4 out of my 6 modules- 3 of which I had to get extensions for, 6 weeks in total. The other was a practical module run throughout the term which I missed. Also, 3 days after getting out of hospital my grandparent died after a long battle with cancer.

    Whilst I dealt with all the issues, I'm still beating myself up. I passed first year with 65%, and I feel I should have achieved at least 68%-70%. I was planning on getting a job, but do not have the energy. Also I have become very inactive and have gained over a stone in weight. This is down to the lack of exercise and the fact I binge eat every day. I'm finding it hard to control what I eat, I think because I always feel I need more energy, and because I'm bored.

    Mostly I feel like I'm missing out- I was very active before I got ill, I went to the gym almost every day, I was into sailing and scuba diving and I had so many plans for the upcoming months. All my friends are going on holiday/to festivals etc, and I can't- I find it hard to even go for longish walk or to go swimming.

    I'm sorry for the long post but my fatigue and pain doesn't seem to be going anytime soon, and I get every illness passing, I was wondering if anyone had had similar experiences and had any advice on ho to manage this.
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    Hey, it's sounds like you've had a really rough time. I have CFS following a similar illness just over three years ago (or even the same, we never worked it out!) and can definitely understand the frustration with it not improving and having been so active before. The second one is still the part I find hardest out of everything.

    One thing I would say is don't push yourself. If you need to rest, rest. Build yourself up gradually but listen to what your body needs or it could become a much more long term thing- trust me I should know! Talk to your GP about what you can be doing but I would say try and control your eating if you can, cut it down gradually or even just split it into three clear meals a day and this should help with how you feel if nothing else. Try and pace yourself too, doing the same sort of thing however you feel as far as possible. It's hard to get used to but does help when you do.

    You're welcome to PM me if you want to talk to someone similar! There's a lot of other people who've been in a similar situation in the CFS/ME thread which is stickied at the top of this forum which could help. Hope things improve for you soon, really sorry to hear about your grandparent too.


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