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Top Ten List for Recovery From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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These are my Top Ten tools for my ongoing recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

1. Rest

Get more rest than you think you need, it will allow your body to regenerate like nothing else. Sleep as much as you can, and spend time lying down with eyes closed in a quiet place.

2. Pacing

Expend less energy than you can afford, so the extra energy can be used for regeneration. Break up your day into smaller segments. Then rest for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, maybe have a nap. Take these breaks often. Journalling can help track how it's working for you. A pattern may emerge which can guide you to better health.

3. Diet

Personally, I do best with high protein and fats, and vegetables. Other carbohydrates make me ill. I avoid most fruit because of the high glycemic content.You may have a completely different set of needs. You can see a specialist, or if that's not possible, try your own elimination diet. Grains, dairy, corn, and eggs commonly cause allergy or sensitivity.

4. Supplements

Common deficiencies for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are Vitamin B12, B6 and folic acid, all the B vitamins tend to be low for us. Other supplements that have helped me are omega 3 oil, Vitamin D, and whey protein powder.

5. Gentle detoxification

The liver may become overwhelmed by toxins. Various foods aid the liver, e.g., beets. Tonics can help, e.g., milk thistle. We may have viruses and bacteria that our immune systems haven't been able to eliminate. Antibiotics are useful, but preferably in short-term situations, because they can wound our immune systems badly. Other options are oil of oregano and olive leaf extract. Liquid chlorophyll cleanses the blood of toxins.

6. Healing the digestive system

We may have overgrowths of unhealthy bacteria or yeast, and insufficient enzymes for proper digestion. We may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or Leaky Gut Syndrome and be unable to absorb nutrients. A low carbohydrate diet may help with the yeast and the hypoglycemia which is common among us. Probiotics can help correct the imbalance.

7. Restoring the adrenals

We may experience adrenal insufficiency.

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EmpowHER Guest

Hi Jody,

Thought you and your readers might be interested in a new endeavour happening with CFS. It's a patient-driven research website where patients can propose studies that are then built by the scientist who runs it. The main point of it is to give us a way to see if a treatment is working. There is a diet study, a whey protein study and a couple others already running. They provide instructions and you do the experiment yourself. They show you your own results about how the treatment affects symptoms and memory and also are making it into a study with everyones results. Some of the things on your list are not being studied there yet but could be suggested. The name of the website is Mendus.org

All the best,

August 19, 2015 - 2:17pm
EmpowHER Guest

OMG you either get disability and I and others no you don't have CFS/ME because like me and others really could tell you what to do with your ten tips. June 22 1990 I had my life stole by CFS and seen the best doctors all over the world. They would tell you people like me who 1 refuse disability and wheel chair bound now. It's ppl like you and your tips that hurt us because research stop because of your tips. Others are living with real CFS and yes we work hard to find a cure and close. Only you know you can walk OMG really a tip. You don't have CFS and you need to give that government money back.

January 21, 2015 - 6:24am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

My word ... just don't read the article if it makes you want to spit venom. You have no idea if the person who writes this is claiming any benefits - so why assert it and then attack on those grounds. Whether or not you accept benefits for CFS, or for any other reason, does not at all form the basis as to whether or not someone else should - everything is not relative to you and your needs. There is not one single person out there with CFS who doesn't want a cure...giving ten tips on how to help isn't exactly going to make people the world over feel that they suddenly accept the life destroying effects of CFS nor is it going to consequently result in everyone holting in their efforts to find a cure or help in any form. There is mild, moderate and severe forms of CFS... that does not stop those on the mild end of the spectrum from being able to offer suggestions on how they can be proactive in helping themselves.

June 18, 2017 - 4:05pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for sticking up for me.;)

As it happens I have never received any disability benefits, or any kind of government assistance. I used to be bedridden, in a cognitive fog, and lived that way for some years. I am fortunate to have recovered substantially since that time, and I want that for everyone who has to deal with this illness.

Thanks again:)


June 23, 2017 - 4:14pm

This condition is often associated with depression, which if treated adequately can help the fatigue symptoms. Also, in some cases, medications such as those for attention deficit disorders may help. Gentle, daily exercise is important. Consult your doc. You can ask more real doctors:

Good luck!

May 5, 2012 - 5:24pm
EmpowHER Guest

afterthought! the thing that is mostly counterproductive is people/ dr thinking you're depressed! this is excruciating, because although depression is a likely co-condition, it's not what causes us to stay in bed! we're in bed or on the couch because WE CAN'T MOVE, not because of depression!

June 6, 2011 - 10:12pm
EmpowHER Guest

as michelle says.
and thanks for this article, it would be great if the same amount of awareness as 'other invisible illness' have, could be raised for fatigue syndrome.
it doesn't happen because 1) we are too tired to get this sort of thing done and we rely on people who have recovered and friends who understand - THANK YOU! - and 2) we have no outward indication that anything is wrong e.g. cancer and chemo hair loss, ms and wheelchair/ mobility aid, heart disease and test results. so we simply don't look sick and actually probably appear better than ever because of improved rest and diet changes!

June 6, 2011 - 10:08pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you for the helpful info.

April 22, 2011 - 12:33pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Jody.

I thought you might be interested to hear about a newly published book “RECOVERY FROM CFS – 50 Personal Stories” - now a best seller on Amazon following many excellent reviews in newspapers and magazines.

It contains 50 stories of recovery from people diagnosed with CFS/ME who have returned to good health and a normal life.

This positive and uplifting book is also a great resource for anyone with CFS/ME because at the end of their recovery stories each author (men, women and children from 6 different countries) recommend books, websites and therapies which helped them, and many even give contact details for readers needing support.

Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, Medical Director of the Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Centers Inc. USA, wrote the foreword and 2 doctors have their own personal recovery stories in the book.

“RECOVERY FROM CFS – 50 Personal Stories” is available from AMAZON.

FREE stories from the book are also available weekly by email from www.alexbarton.co.uk

I wish everyone the best for their own recovery.

August 17, 2009 - 1:20pm

Got to watch out for that post-exertional malaise. It's a powerful tsunami.

I'm glad you brought this up, it's such an important issue for anyone with CFS.

The whole exercise question is such a delicate one. That is why even in mentioning the gentle ones like yoga, I issued a warning. For some (and I have been one of these at different times) the slightest exertion can cause a crash, long-term.

Some of us can exercise, and I have been one of those before as well. :-) I at one time was able to do up to half an hour of moderate exercise, and two half-hour walks, and half an hour of weights every other day.

But once again, I caution, this was something I worked up to over months, starting with only one or two repititions of one exercise, and then waiting for a few days before doing it again, to be sure I had no setbacks.

The main thing where exercise is concerned, I think, is this. Don't listen to anybody else. (Including me. :-) Follow your own instinct on this. Don't assume you should be working out in any way, shape, or form on someone else's say-so.

And always, with CFS, err on the side of caution. Do anything in small steps. Or, if in doubt, shelve it indefinitely and don't do it at all.

These CFS bodies need so much rest and regeneration, and we have to listen to them.

August 14, 2009 - 12:38pm
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