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White Rock Woman Shares Her Struggle With 'Horrendous' Fatigue
Friday 26 April 2019
White Rock woman shares her struggle with ‘horrendous’ fatigue
More than 70,000 British Columbians have myalgic encephalomyelitis
As a former college educator who taught dental hygiene, Alma Pauw, 55, used to pride herself on her ability to multitask.
Several years ago, however, the White Rock resident started to notice a change in not only her cognitive ability, but her level of physical energy.
Sitting at her kitchen table Tuesday, Pauw described changes she felt in her body starting in 2012. She described coming home from work, barely able to keep awake during the drive, and her body shutting off once she got home.
She would lay down at 4 p.m. and would be out cold until 6 a.m. the following day. Even then, she would wake up tired.
This routine carried on for years.
A former runner, she also noticed that the distances she was able to run began to dwindle to a point where she could hardly complete one loop around a track.
“It felt like I had tree trunks for legs and I had to carry those home,” she told Peace Arch News. “That was kind of a trigger.”
Her doctor, who she had seen for more than 10 years, wasn’t able to identify what was wrong. She underwent a series of tests, but they turned up nothing.
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