So I have a question that I figure would be better answered on this forum than a doctor, since some people who know a lot more about CFS than a lot of docs!
I've had anxiety (Panic/GAD) probably since I was 20 years old (I'm now 28), with years where it wasn't an issue. The past year I've had severe anxiety, most likely due to a job change, starting graduate school, getting married, and buying a house. Most of my symptoms are typical of anxiety disorders, including:
Feeling that something terrible is about to happen
Trouble swallowing, only when nervous
The thing that is limiting my recovery, however, is the fear that I have CFS. This is due to the fact that my workouts have gotten progressively worse over the past 2 years. I used to run or workout almost every day. For example, I'd run 4-6 miles with no problems. Over the last few years, I've had more and more days where I feel tired and need to walk. I occasionally have days where I feel good and can run the whole way, but more often than not, I can't. Essentially, I feel like my body doesn't recover like it used to. My legs often feel fatigued (which really scares me). However, I don't think there is a strength loss, which makes me feel like it can't be something sinister like ALS or MS.
Again, the biggest issue is that my muscles feel fatigued a lot of the time, which affects my workouts, but not necessarily my day to day living (other than giving me anxiety, which DOES affect my life). Is this typical of CFS, or would it be a lot worse? How does CFS usually start/progress? Should I worry that it's going to get worse, or is this pretty typical of bad anxiety disorders?
ANY help would be much appreciated, because it would help me rid some of my anxiety that is wearing my body down. Also, just an FYI, I have had blood workups for thyroid, liver function, celiac disease, and some muscle enzyme test, which all came back normal.