I have FBFS (Frumpy Bedrest Fatigue Syndrome). I suspect I have had it all along, but it is really raring it's ugly head these last couple of weeks. The nature of this disorder is that as time passes, it advances into more progressive stages. Mine has advanced rather quickly. Unfortunately, there really aren't any cures for this syndrome. Occasionally, a dose of sunshine, a visit from a friend, a really, good meal, or a long, hot bath will treat the symptoms, but these things only provide temporary relief. The worst part of it is that once the FBFS goes into remission, you are often hit with FNMSDS (Frumpy New Mom Sleep Deprivation Syndrome). Similar symptoms, similar course of action - only time will heal.
Here is a list of warning signs and symptoms:
bedrest for longer than 6 weeks
loss of energy
lack of motivation
shortness of breath
in need of a haircut
bouts of extreme boredom
excessive wearing of lounge pants and t-shirts
loss of muscle tone
anxiety and depression
fresh air withdrawals
obsessive compulsive tendencies
mental turmoil and exhaustion
loss of conversational skills
If you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it is highly recommended that you search the Internet immediately for online blogs, email bedrest buddies, or cyberspace support groups to assist you with this physically and emotionally draining disorder!