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The 1% Solution Makes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia More Manageable For Some

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) are chronic conditions that affect every aspect of every day for the sufferer. Bruce Campbell recommends the 1% Solution.

While the 1% Solution will not cure CFS or FM, Campbell's suggestions can become significant factors in making life more manageable. Here are a few of those suggestions.

Taking regular rest breaks can increase stability and restore energy levels somewhat. If you can be in contact with other people also dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or fibromyalgia, this can help to reduce the sense of isolation, and increase a sense of community and belonging that has been sorely lacking for many.

"Through self-observation, you can discover what intensifies your symptoms and what helps you to feel better. Then, over time, you can adjust your life so you do less of the things that make you worse and more of those things that help. A starting point is to spend a few minutes making two lists, one of things that make your symptoms worse and the other of things that give you a sense of control."


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Of course if you are not a sufferer and are trying to find out what is happening to someone you are attempting to look after with this illness of CFS, then instead YOU make the list if they are unable. If they are unable to speak let them rest. Get them an electric toothbrush and don't ask what needs to be done. They are struggling far too deeply to put words together, let alone think what you need to do, when they are longing to get up and do what they used to do.

July 23, 2010 - 5:37pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Yes. Thanks for bringing up the very real situations where the sufferer is unable to function.

I am recovering from CFS myself and while I am far more functional and live a much more normal life than I used to there were months at a time that would recur over a period of some years, when I was unable even to think a coherent thought. I was fortunate to have a husband and family who took care of me and expected absolutely nothing from me. None of us knew if I would ever get any better.

Many people dealing with CFS and FM are incapacitated for extended periods of time. The support and involvement of those who love them is essential.

July 23, 2010 - 6:11pm
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Anonymous (reply to Jody Smith)

Bruce Campbell? The actor? Who is this person? Please clarify your sources.

July 25, 2010 - 9:13am
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Bruce Campbell became ill with CFS in 1997 and has gradually recovered. If you go back to my article you'll see a link at the bottom of it which will take you to his article. That is the article I was writing about.

You will find a hyperlink in his byline for that article, that will take you to his bio.

Googling "Bruce Campbell, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFS" should supply you with the information you are looking for.

July 25, 2010 - 9:44am
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