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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Three Years into Recovery With Dr. Upcott

By Jody Smith HERWriter
 
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Three years ago I was barely functional. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome had fractured my brain and ravaged my body.

I had tendinitis in my shoulders, elbows and wrists. My hands were so crippled they were almost useless.

Standing for a few minutes made me pant for air and stagger from vertigo. My feet felt bruised and I limped from a swollen knee.

Walking from my bedroom to the living room left me breathless and collapsing onto a recliner, eyes closed, spent from exertion.

I was in bed 16 hours a day. Naptime was 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. At 5 p.m. I'd drag out to be with my family for a few hours.

Then I'd be back in bed reading till 11 p.m. Exhausted at that point, I'd sleep all night.

I'd cancelled once on my new naturopath, Dr. Kelly Upcott. A case of the flu had intensified my CFS symptoms, leaving me a vegetable.

Eventually I made another appointment. My husband Alan drove me to her office and led me in by the hand.

Afterwards, I had a list of instructions Dr. Upcott wrote down since I wouldn't remember anything from the visit. Alan brought me home and I went to bed for two days, depleted.

Now here we are, three years later.

I no longer need to be chauffeured to appointments. I still have some pain in my arms and hands but it doesn't hold me captive.

I no longer limp. And I'm no longer bedridden 16 hours a day. I lay down for a few hours most afternoons but the rest of my day is very different now.

My brain works better. I can put more than two thoughts together. In fact, I can put enough thoughts together to write articles, run a website, play administrator on a CFS forums, email friends, and fool around on Facebook.

I still read during my quiet time, but instead of seven books a week, I'll only get through one. I'm just too busy doing the things I love.

Dr. Upcott's treatments have brought considerable healing to my broken-down body. Her confidence that I could heal encouraged me to expect something better.

I still visit her every month. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is devastating and the damage ran deep.

But healing is ongoing, and its evidence is everywhere I look.

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Jody Smith HERWriter

There has been so much! Here are some of the things we've done.

She gave me tinctures with antivirals, antibacterials, antifungals, to cut down my toxic load, and adaptogens for depleted adrenal glands.

She got me to take Omega-3 oil, Vitamins B12, D3, C, E, and other vitamins. I took calcium and magnesium, selenium, and a number of other supplements.

I had already been eating low carb and avoiding gluten, grains, potatoes, corn, milk and eggs, which all make me ill.

She started me on denatured whey protein isolate to increase glutathione, and liquid chlorophyll to clean toxins out of my blood and strengthen my immune system. I juiced vegetables to get more nutrients absorbed into my system.

I have taken milk thistle and eaten beets for my liver, and taken an assortment of homeopathic remedies. I drank ginger tea, licorice tea, and green tea.

I started drinking filtered water with a slice of lemon in it every day. This is good for digestion, for my liver, and for proper pH balance.

She has used acupuncture on me monthly. I used ear seeds which do a form of acupressure, and lymphogen ointment to help move the lymph and and move out toxins. I've done nasal irrigation and dry skin brushing with a loofah.

All these things made a difference. All of them took time. Some of them made me feel worse before they made me feel better.

The other main ingredients to my ongoing recovery I think, have been getting more rest than I felt like I needed, cutting back what I'm doing so that energy can also go into healing my body.

And determined hope for a better future has turned loose healing chemicals in my body, replacing the breaking-down chemicals that had been running rampant due to ongoing despair.

Dr. Upcott has made a big difference in the Hope over Despair department as well.

February 10, 2010 - 7:50pm
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Jody Can you give us a sum up of your doctors protocol. I'm really interested about anything that is helping someone.

February 10, 2010 - 11:36am
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