Treatments

Welcome to my ‘treatments’ page! This is not a list of things I’m recommending, but simply a chronicle of some of the things I’ve personally tried in my quest for health. Some of these have helped me improve, others not so much… I’ll be blogging about some of the treatments which have featured most prominently in my journey so forgive me for not going into too much detail here.

I think most people who have CFS have probably spent a fair amount of time either with medical professionals, both traditional and alternative, and online researching ways to recover. There’s a fair amount of information to wade through but every so often you find something that clicks. You decide yes this is it! and go into the new endeavour with all the hopes of being instantly cured. Then when it doesn’t work you crash back down to earth with a bump.

My prognosis is that while some people may find a supplement that helps them ‘recover’ a large amount of time they may of been well on their way to recovery anyway and the timing coincided. For me, I’ve always wanted to know WHY this illness is perpetuating and treat the root cause. Reducing symptoms is good of course, but I want to get back to normal, not get used to being sick!

So without further ado here’s a list of some of the techniques, therapies and treatments I’ve tried:

Supplements

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Ahhh supplements. One little magic pill and I imagine that soon everything will be right in the world. Unfortunately, whilst they can have great benefits when your well, once again they aren’t going to get to the root of CFS. So try as I might, none have made a significant difference to me. Here’s a list of my tried and tested:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Echinachea
  • Olive leaf extract
  • Royal Jelly

Now taking that lot every day is no mean feat! Also who wants to deal with that for the rest of their lives? Not me! So whilst I carry on with a few, for the most part these supplemets have come and gone with little effect. Ah well… on to the next.

 

Juicing

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Juicing is probably one of the biggest mistakes I made in my recovery quest. Not only did it not work, it actually made me so much worse. Each to their own but I seriously do not recommend it to people with ME.

I’d watched the documentary ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’ and it seem like an amazing life changing thing to do, just live off raw juice for several days or even several weeks. I then found a couple of success stories about people with CFS who had been fully cured after a juicing diet. So exited and hopeful we went out bought about 700 cucumbers and borrowed a juicer and got cracking. 4 days in my energy had fallen so low I was total depleted and worried I would be in real trouble so I started back onto a normal diet.

My low level of energy returned and it convinced me forever that juicing is nothing more that a stupid fad with no health benefits for anyone, definitely not ME sufferers!