Finding my naturopath Dr. Kelly Upcott was one of the biggest best things that has contributed to my gradual, ongoing recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Here are just a few of the changes that have come about for me because of her treatments.
1) I can stay out of bed during the day.
Before Chronic Fatigue Syndrome led me to my naturopath Dr. Kelly Upcott, I was spending anywhere from 5 to 8 hours during the daytime in bed. I was also sleeping 8 to 10 hours at night.
The rest periods have very gradually been shrinking to the point that most days I don't need them. If a day has been too busy then I'll lay down for a half hour or so, but these times are becoming less and less frequent.
2) I don't hurt all over.
Before my naturopathic visits, I had pain in my arms, hands, legs and feet. I limped when I walked. I couldn't open a bottle or jar, or hold a pen without serious pain. I lost the use of my right arm, without warning, for months at a time.
I no longer limp. I type like greased lightning, and have flexibility and strength back in my fingers. I can go for an hour-long walk without faltering.
3) Flareups of tendinitis take a few weeks to heal instead of a few months.
I still have times when I'll have major problems with my arms and hands. But I use castor oil on the afflicted area, and I apply an ointment that helps lymph move at a better clip. I take omega-3 oil every day which seems to have made inroads in my chronic inflammation.
I may get derailed from time to time -- and do -- but it's not as intense or as long-lasting as it used to be.
4) My face, arms and hands don't vibrate or become numb anymore.
Well, hardly ever.When I began to vibrate and shake, that used to be my signal to eat something. I didn't get hungry, but I would feel my ability to think drain away, and my body and brain would fill with a physical white noise. I could hear the ocean roar -- or the beast of CFS -- in my ears.
But now, when I need to eat, I know, because ... I get hungry. I'm still capable of overdoing things.