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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Time Change, aka the Spring Forward Flareup

I made a vlog post about Daylight Savings Time and my CFS flareup. Because I was too tired to type it all out. Enjoy the video.

Christina Gleason (868 Posts)

That’s me: Christina Gleason. I’m a professional copywriter, editor, and blogger. My company is called Phenomenal Content. (Hire me!) I’m a relatively high-functioning Aspie who also lives with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. I am not ashamed to admit that I am in the care of a psychiatrist, who assures me that people in therapy are often better adjusted than “normal” people who are not, because at least we know what our issues are and are working on them. I’m a geek for grammar, fantasy, and select types of gaming, including World of Warcraft and Plants vs Zombies 2. I hate vegetables. I have an intense phone phobia, so I’ll happily conduct business over email or IM instead. I have started writing no fewer than five novels, and I hope to finish one of them...eventually.

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  • Donna March 11, 2013, 1:57 pm

    You have plenty of company this week – even those of us who do not suffer from CFS. Take it easy and don’t allow yourself to feel guilty about it.

  • Patricia Carter March 17, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Christina. I’ve been suffering from M.E. for nearly thirty years, and the time change has usually caused me problems. Strangely, this year it did not. I think it might be because I kept to my old habits; i.e., I go to bed at my old bedtime, which is now (according to the changed time) an hour later. I don’t know if this would help others, but it has helped me.

    I hope you are feeling better soon.


  • Ashley Wood March 18, 2013, 2:31 pm

    I agree with you and thought I was just being hyper-sensitive, which I can tend to be. Sometimes, the slightest changes can have the biggest effects on my body. I’m sensitive to light and sound, my sleep is screwed up often (like a baby trying getting their days and nights mixed up). These problems then cause flares and I’m in pain for weeks. It’s so frustrating. I hope your sleep returned to normal. Thank you for your vlog.

    • Christina March 18, 2013, 4:02 pm

      It took a week, and Ambien a few of those nights to do it, but it’s getting back to normal now. Thanks. :-)

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