I was emerging from a CFS crash.The old symptoms from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome had weakened me, left me dizzy and shaken. But they were familiar, and I've learned how to manage them. I knew I could regain lost ground, become stronger and more steady.
I'd been making good headway. But then the crash was transformed into a more frightening configuration.
I've gotten used to numbness and tingling in my arms and face. I've learned to heed these symptoms as signals to retreat, rest and regenerate. But now I found myself in the middle of an electrical storm –- zapped as though by lightning, while under my skin I crackled and sparked like a downed power line.
And this raging erratic current wasn't confined to my hands and face. It engulfed me in a blanket of electrical bursts. From the top of my head to the soles of my feet, I popped and sizzled.
Thoughts could not surface above this CFS storm, they broke and shattered before they emerged. My ears roared, the glands in my neck and under my ears thickened and throbbed. My legs weighed a thousand pounds, my heart pounded in my chest. I vibrated, and panted for air.
Where did this come from? How long would it last? And what could I do?
I don't know where it came from. I didn't know how long it would last.
What to do? First, go to bed. Second, contact my naturopath and tell her what was happening. As always, she had some ideas.
Here's how we're handling it. In addition to my usual measures, I'm increasing my protein and healthy fats. I'm upping my Vitamin D intake. To aid in detoxification, I'm drinking a mixture of homeopathic drops and water, and I'm soaking in epsom salt baths, for their detoxification benefits as well.
I'm resting in bed every day, napping or reading. I'm shutting down my computer for an hour or so every afternoon.
Two weeks later ... the CFS crash has lifted considerably. I am feeling a quieter terrain within. The electric shocks have subsided. Thoughts are more often able to flow to completion. Breathing and stamina are better once more. I do not shake with that inner tremor.
A healthy nervous system is one that you don't ... FEEL so much of the time.