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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – You’re Not Alone

March 19, 2008

No Brainer 

I’m living proof that your CFS  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can improve!  How did I get here after suffering for so very long?  In this article I’ll show you briefly where I’ve been and how I’ve improved to the point of being able to get dressed and being able exercize and live again.   First and foremost, it’s important to realize that even though you probably can’t get out of your house – you’re not alone.

You’re not alone in not being mobile or active, and you’re also not alone when you’re searching for advice, research and community.  Having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be devastating to your life and emotional health; we all need to take advantage of the resources at our fingertips.  The Chronic Fatigue Treatments Forum is one of the sites that I’ve used for outstanding and varied treatment information as well as a community of common sufferers that offer the support you’re looking for.

This CFS forum details several Chronic Fatigue Protocols: Amy Yasko, Garth Nicholson, Marshall Protocol, the leaders in cfs research, and more importantly proven results.   In addition, Jacob Teitelbaum’s clinical trials are covered in another area , which features a discussion on D-Ribose, a supplement that I can personally attest has done absolute wonders for my fibromyalgia pain as I’ve discussed previously in my blog.

In September of 2007, I was completely unable to get dressed or go out.  On this particular day – Labor Day Weekend, I had asked hubby to set aside time for me so that I could do “whatever I wanted”.  This meant dinner and a movie.  But I couldn’t even brush my hair or teeth on that day, let alone go out. I decided that was the absolute limit of the depths of my illness – I just wasn’t going to stand for it anymore.  (I use the word ‘stand’ as a pun – Orthostatic intolerance, OI, or the inability to stand for any length of time is the primary symptom of CFS.)

Since many of my difficulties in life can be attributed to medications that I’ve received in the past, I decided to go on an all natural treatment protocol.  Two supplements NT Factor and D-Ribose have helped me to the point of being able to get dressed, exercise, do the dishes, get groceries And make dinner all in the same day.  Amazing!  NT Factor has helped with creating energy, D-Ribose has helped me with the overwhelming pain of daily living. 

Supplements aren’t the only answer though.  I’ve carefully researched the effects of diet and digestion on CFS and have found that I’ll be on my clean diet program for many months, if not years to come.   I simplify this diet into three words on another blog post: water, meat, veggies.  Other people discuss their diet and supplement results on the CFS Forum too.  All kinds of helpful info. 

My most sincere desire is that for anyone with CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia to realize that they’re not alone –  You CAN feel better,  there IS hope,  the research is showing results, you can do it without spending a million dollars on doctors or drugs, and the Community is there for you.

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Chronic Fatigue Tales: 10 Percent Better and More after 60 days

October 27, 2007

taking supplements

I wrote awhile back that I’m feeling 10 percent better.  It’s still true.  I notice now that I can actually stand and talk for a minute or two, without the thought of finding a chair while I’m talking.  This is an unheard of occurrence for the past 15 years or so. The thing is?  I’m not even very good at my own Chronic Fatigue Protocol.  Let me explain.  I’ve done a vast amount of research on Chronic Fatigue diet and treatments. I’ve read clinical studies, read hundreds of websites on ‘cures’.  I’ve reviewed a bunch of products that promote CFS cures – although I haven’t purchased  any, save my foray into the Colonix world.  My research has led me to develop a list of supplements that clinical studies have shown to improve chronic fatigue.  I have been taking some of them.  NT Factor and D-Ribose supplements have definitely given me this 10 percent improvement.  In addition to these two mainstays, I have kept myself on a fairly rigorous diet regimen.  I’ve now been on this CFS cure journey for nearly 60 days.

Here’s where I tend to be flakey.  I’m not good at taking my supplements at all.  I have developed a tender tummy of late, and find that I can’t take my supplements on an empty stomach.  Trouble is, I don’t eat very often.  I don’t recommend not eating,  I know I should be eating at least two meals a day, but I just ain’t got the appetite.  Nobody wants to eat veggies for breakfast.  This was the case before I started this program too.  So I average actually taking the NT Factor and D-Ribose about 3 or 4 times a week, and then only once a day.   The recommended dosage is 3 times a day for both. Refer to the complete list of nutritional support – Supplementing my supplements? here.  The other thing is that I don’t like taking vitamins at night – they tend to give me insomnia.  Oh hell, everything gives me insomnia.  It’s phobic anxious neurotic soma paranoia.  I digress.

Doesn’t it seem that all of living holds devious instances of Catch-22’s?  I can’t get my act together enough to be able to take my supplements, while if I took my supplements, I’d be able to get more of my act together.  Taking my supplements as directed should in theory help me sleep better too.  As my saying goes: “I’m working on it”.  But I’m still enthused and plan on getting better at taking these things and then getting better.

The other place where I flake is my diet.  It can feel so so so strict.  I’m eating my meat and veggies, but this is where I fail: I have some white flour crackers about 3 times a week.  Oh no not crackers! lol.  Are 8 crackers so bad?  I don’t know.  The other thing that I do is add rye crisp to my salads.  And a couple of times a week, I cook something that has cheese in the recipe.  I feel like I’m in a confessional here. 😉  The way I look at it – I’m still feeling better and as long as that’s true, I don’t think a little cracker attack is gonna haunt me.

My point in all this is to remind myself that if I can develop a habit of taking all my supplements as directed then I should see even more improvement.  I’m just happy that I don’t have that overwhelming crushing sense of fatigue everyday.  I still feel like I’ve been hit by a truck, but now it’s a delivery truck – not a tanker.
10 Percent Better and More


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How Long ’til I get Better?

October 24, 2007

pumpkin pie

Woe, I’ve been feeling goopy all day.  For the past three days, I’ve been semi-unable to continue my cleansing program.  I mean, I’ve stayed on my diet, I just haven’t been sleeping well, and then there’s been a colonix problem.   A week or so ago,  the colonix pills made me nauseous.  That difficulty seems to have gotten worse.  I aint’ blaming the colonix – I’m blaming my ding dang gallbladder.

 Last year, about this time, I was on the doorstep of the hospital for gallbladder tantrums.  I was in constant pain, unable to eat anything at all.  I was fasting on water & apple juice.  I didn’t improve until I did a gallbladder flush – basically ya set yourself up to ‘go’.  This preparation takes about 5 days.  But it worked!  It totally cured my gallbladder problems and I didn’t need to spend $30,000 on stupid surgery.  And I could eat anything again.  Link: How to do a gallbladder flush. That’s just one website, there are hundreds if you do a search.  So now, rather than continuing on the colonix program, I think I’m gonna have to do another flushyland so I can get back to normal.   I’m going to have to complete that flushybiz in order to be able to take my regular supplements again too.  Everything is making me wretchify, lol, I like that word.

Last night, I made one of my favorite treats – No Sugar Pumpkin Pie – using stevia as a sweetener.  It’s totally on the diet.  Just follow the pumpkin pie recipe on the can, and don’t add sugar, I used 7 packets of stevia stuff.  It turns out gloriously if you’ve been off of sugar – it’s like food of the gods.   But, I don’t use any piecrust.. it’s just pumpkin custard really, I just have a rich and indulgent imagination.  Anyway, this was the last straw for the gallbladder camel.  I couldn’t sleep, the cinnamon spices in that stuff has me still groaning in maladjustment. My poor little tummy feels like it’s been in a battle zone and will accept no solace. sadness.

When will I feel better?  I already know the answer.  It’s gonna be about 9 months until I feel like a normal person.  I’m pretty sure that normal people can be defined as those that can shower, get dressed, go to the store, buy groceries, come back home & make dinner – all without needing to rest or take a nap.  I’m past one month now – 8 to go!


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