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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Weathering Upcoming Fall And Winter

By Jody Smith HERWriter
 
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My process of recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is proving to be surprisingly long and convoluted. But I've been on an upswing all summer.

Now, mind you, my summers very often go this way. During September I often experience a drop in energy, in mental clarity, in physical wholeness. There is often a bigger drop around November, that can deepen through the winter.

Knowing my own past history makes me a bit sober this time of year. I'd really like to avoid all that this time.

So how do we protect ourselves from CFS crashes?

Nothing is foolproof with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but I've learned a few things over the years, and I'll be implementing all of them.

As long as there's a sunny patch in my backyard, I will spend half an hour in the sun every day. And I take vitamin D supplements all year long.

Vitamin D seems to be an enormous factor in my ability to keep my balance in the autumn and the winter. It seems to help minimize CFS brain fog, and decrease the vibrating, burning, numbness and tingling of parasthesia. It definitely relieves the orthostatic intolerance, the oxygen starvation and gasping for air.

I will take omega-3 oil every day. It reduces my muscle and joint pain. And omega-3 oil is good for the brain and central nervous system. I need that.

I will maintain my low carb diet which helps me avoid rapid weight gain, brain fog, stomach problems, joint and muscle pain, numbness and tingling, and panic attacks. I'm also taking vitamin B12, probiotics and the adaptogen ashwagandha.

I will continue to have acupuncture once a month from my naturopath Dr. Kelly Upcott. This has kept a rickety right arm and hand functional for writing for some time.

After acupuncture, the pain and stiffness dramatically decreases. Through the month it creeps up again. But stick a few needles into me, and I'm good to go.

I will start napping in the afternoon again a couple of times a week, daily if necessary.

For me, some pulling back and deliberate preparation has been necessary in fall and winter. This year may be that way again.

If that doesn't happen, and my stability remains, I'll be thrilled.

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Anonymous

In regards to CFS and vitamin D you must maintain a serum vitamin D level of between 50-80 ng/ml, 25 OH D.

If your doctor has indicated a sufficiency level of 30 ng/ml, 25 OH D, he/she needs to look at the new research, NOW!

The higher serum levels make al lthe difference in the world.
Do your own research at sites dedicated to D research. DO NOT accept repeated, parroted standards as they were based on a derth of research.

50-80 ng/ml, 25 OH D, is the natural healthy range of humans in sunny places. 30 ng/ml, 25 OH D, is associated with numerous chronic conditions and early onset diseases, including CFS.

It can do no harm to raise serum vitamin D to healthy levels. Should someone say otherwise do your own research and find a new health care professional.

There is no excuse to suffer continuously with CFS. Rsise your serum vitamin D and see the difference a few 1000 i.u. / day can make!

August 10, 2010 - 4:53pm
Jody Smith HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

Speaking for myself, taking vitamin D has made a huge, and very noticeable difference in my process of recovering from CFS.

I don't think the importance of vitamin D can be emphasized enough, for those who have not yet discovered it.

August 20, 2010 - 7:05am
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Anonymous

Hi Jodi! I firmly believe, like you, that having a plan is a big part of the battle. Any time we can anticipate something and head it off, even a little, it's a victory. I hope your plan keeps you going through the winter!

Adrienne Dellwo

August 10, 2010 - 2:39pm
Jody Smith HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Adrienne,

I hope you have a smooth transition into fall and winter this year yourself.

You have made a difference for so many people with CFS through your writing. Thanks for your comments here.

August 20, 2010 - 7:03am
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