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Doing Housework With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By March 6, 2010

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Ah, housework -- that constant nagging bundle of stuff we all need to take care of, at one point or another! Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome make sure that we don't have the energy to keep up on it, and that when we finally get around to it, it's going to hurt and wear us out -- fast!

I know keeping the house clean (or at least getting it there from time to time) will always be a struggle for me, but I've stumbled on some things that help me get it there more often and keep it a little closer to decent more of the time. My list of suggestions is here:

There's also a Readers Respond attached to this, so you can leave your own tips and learn from everyone else!

This article is the latest in what's currently a 4-part series on day-to-day living with these conditions. The other topics are:

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June 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(1) Carole Heath says:

Housework can be hard for people who do not suffer from chronic fatique syndrome or fibromyalia, so if a person has either or both of these complaints they must struggle to do the household chores i think. This is a very good article to help suffers with both their physical health and mental well being as worrying about the housework can make a person quite ill and this does nothing for a person’s illness and can make the situation worse. A friend of mine has CFS she has had it for 5 years and had to give up her job through the illness sadly, her husband has to go to work to support them both they are both in their late 50′s. Some days my friend can get around quite well at home but others she struggles even to get out of bed. Her doctor has given her medication for her complaint but at the end of the day he has no idea what has brought this illness on and has told her that she may have it for the rest of her life unfortunately. He said it could have been a virus she caught when she went on holiday to India 6 years ago through drinking the water which she thought was ok, her symptoms are mainly chronic fatique and aches and pains and bad headaches which sometimes keep her in bed most of the day. I visit when i can to help with shopping etc, she is really brave and does try to keep positive if she can. She likes a tidy and clean home but sometimes she is unable to do these household chores dur to the terrible tiredness she experiences.

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