Poll Structural Issues in ME/CFS: The Chicken or the Egg? (Part 1)

If you have a diagnosis of ME/CFS: Have you ever had...

  • Poor posture, rounded shoulders, and/or tight shoulders (up by your ears!)

    Votes: 9 39.1%
  • Scoliosis and/or Kyphosis (a forward curvature of the thoracic spine)

    Votes: 4 17.4%
  • Concussion(s)

    Votes: 4 17.4%
  • Injury(s) to the NECK and/or Whiplash

    Votes: 5 21.7%
  • Injury(s) to the SHOULDER(s)

    Votes: 6 26.1%
  • Injury(s) to the THORACIC spine

    Votes: 2 8.7%
  • Any of the above conditions AND gut problems: SIBO, IBS, or food intolerances

    Votes: 9 39.1%
  • NONE of the above

    Votes: 10 43.5%

  • Total voters
    23

Lissa

Well-Known Member
This is Part 1 of a two part poll delving into the possible relationship between structural issues/injuries and ME/CFS. It seems to be a very interesting and thought provoking topic! Time and again - people have been commenting on the likelihood of a real connection here. The question is.... how universal is it? Or does it help define a subset?

Part 2 (coming soon!) brings in some questions about structural problems in relation to the timing of infectious onsets.
 

Cort

Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising
Staff member
I had a concussion when I was about 15....It was the only obvious health difference I could think of between me and my twin.

Neck issues cropped up sometime after ME/CFS.....nothing major - X-rays don't show anything major but at times quite painful.
 

Folk

Well-Known Member
I had bursitis on both shoulders from working out on the gym.
But I also at the same time I had pain on my back from doing abdominal exercise.

And remembering way back I had leg pain (which the doctor said it was due to fast growth) that made me unable to play soccer for a while, although some muscle relaxants helped it and I could play again.

Everything has GI symptoms in between btw...

So I think it's like my body was fragile and any exercise would hurt it....
 

Lissa

Well-Known Member
I had a concussion when I was about 15....It was the only obvious health difference I could think of between me and my twin.

Neck issues cropped up sometime after ME/CFS.....nothing major - X-rays don't show anything major but at times quite painful.
I've had too many injuries to list over the years, but that said - I also wonder about an incident that happened just months before my final big decline.

I was helping at a community garden and stood up too quickly underneath the edge of a deck. (The water spigot was underneath and hard to access - even for a short person).

Anyway I stood up straight underneath, thinking I had cleared the edge but hadn't. I clocked myself in the very top of my head, jarring my spine with enough force to fall on the ground.

Because I'd had so many previous injuries I went to the ER to get checked out. No real findings other than the MRI showed some unusual deterioration in my neck. Doctor commented on it, but hey- no concussion so I was declared fine.

Funny thing is that immediately after (days) the injury I felt like it had reset something and my posture was actually better! Then that summer I was noticing I couldn't walk a mile without extreme fatigue. Super odd.

Then that fall I got a major flu that was mistakenly diagnosed as pneumonia. I was sick for over a month.... And then I never got better! Game over.

In my case it seems impossible to pinpoint any ah-ha moment. I seem to have every damned possible cause under the sun! Tracing back to childhood, with phases of sickness and phases of being in great shape and super athletic.... With random bouts of bizzaro illnesses that were hard to kick.
 

Lissa

Well-Known Member
Oh yeah- and a mixed bag of GI issues starting all the way back in the 90's. Food intolerances stacking up one after the other...
 

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