I got the "triggering" infection in my first year of nursing as an LPN- I caught strep throat from a co worker and was out of work for about 2 weeks and then worked one 12 hr shift in the ER and took care of a little boy that had mono, then developed mono and about 6-9 mo's down the road, all the fatigue, aching pain and trigger points started. It wasn't bad at first, I went back to RN school and even did some traveling nursing, but finally got bad in the last few yrs. I now have Fibromyalgia, RLS, buldging thoracic, lumbar and sacral discs, and bone spurs up and down my back (just found incidentally while being scanned for MS!!), and my neurologist is about 98% sure that I do have MS, but just haven't had any lesions show up. Full time nursing is getting VERY VERY hard!! I am in the process of trying to apply for some Case Mgr jobs, etc.. hope something turns up.
To whoever mentioned the tooth decay, after I started having symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Every 6 mo's theres a new cavity or two!! I never had a cavity up until then!!! Now MD's are saying that MS may be caused by amalgam fillings, my mouth is full of them!!!
Hope there's some help for us broke down caring nurses!!