A Personal Bit
Letter to New Sufferers
Diagnosis & Symptoms
What Causes Chronic Fatigue ?
What Hope ?
Books & CD
It's easy to overanalyse the illness. As the diagnosis does not give either specific problems in the body's systems or specific treatments, it may be too easy to blame all bad days on CFS, when there may be other factors (allergies, etc) at work, or see problems in areas where they simply do not exist. So, it is important, though rather hard, to keep as balanced a view as possible.
Your doctor will have excluded other illness though a number of tests, but it's worth looking closer at adrenal and thyroid levels, and magnesium, and B12 if they will do them, as espoused by Jacob Teiltelbaum (see Resources).
It's best to start with management. Though this does not provide an outright solution, it does start to provide a basis for an improved lifestyle within the constraints of the illness. So,
The treatments I've listed come mainly from my own experience in the order that I tried them. Remember, what does not work for some will work for others, and also may work at different stages of the illness.
The Alternative Professions have a lot to say about CFS, and illness in general, many in a vague and insubstantial way. It's unfortunate, that as faith in conventional medicine fails, it's easy to believe anything these people say, and often easy to believe some of their far fetched claims.
So, if you follow this route, and I believe there can be benefits, it's vital to use someone with good credentials.
Of the treatments I've used, the following may be of interest. Ultimately they are all rather expensive, which is unfortunate as they have been of benefit, as a way of improving the lifestyle, while not solving the overall problem.
If you come across Reverse Therapy, be careful. The original concept was about addressing negative ideas (much like Cognative Behavioural Therapy - which is mainstream, and with the right practitioner can help management), however, it seems to have moved to a secretitive "think yourself better" concept, which is simply not a good idea.
There are numerous others which claim success (flower remedies, etc) but I am simply too sceptical of their claims to consider them.
Herb & Mineral Tonics
There are loads and loads of tonics, vitamins and herbs. I've tried a whole load, and few seem to be of benefit. There is a school of thought that suggests there is some magic cocktail, but I'm not convinced - if you eat healthily more doesn't really help.
All these suggestions came from various "health" books suggesting how to counter CFS. The few trials there have been are inconclusive, and though there is the odd anecdotal improvement, I suspect they don't help the majority, and they certainly didn't help me.
Conventional MedicinesThese were tried, but don't help.
Treatments which help a little
Improved Sleep with Pain Relief
Treatments to investigate a cure
More ?This site is a comprehensive as I can get it from my experience. Feel free to contact me, though responses are variable!
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