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Table 3 Example of functional ability and the emerged illness trajectory

From: From good health to illness with post-infectious fatigue syndrome: a qualitative study of adults’ experiences of the illness trajectory

Category Illness trajectory
Sub-categories Trajectory phases
  Prodromal Downward Turning Upward Chronic
Functional ability “Only fourteen days after I got Giardia… I was knocked out” “If I walked a short distance, I needed several stops” “I gradually got worse until… bedbound” “I have gradually started to become better” “Now it is fifty-fifty for me, working 50%… 50% welfare benefits”