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can i get better from CFS

By May 11, 2009 - 9:54pm
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I have CFS can or will i get better, its been a year ang half now with this.

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Hello Larowe and thanks for writing. In addition to Coach Virginia's recommendations, I would like to introduce you to one of EmpowHer.com's writers -- Jody Smith. She has been living with CFS for many years and has done a wonderful job of sharing what has worked for her. You may want to visit her profile, read her stories and maybe reach out to here by clicking here.

Also, while I imagine you're very well informed after your diagnosis, I wanted to share this information from EmpowHer.com about CFS. In addition to the information, there's links to great organizations that can provide even more resources.

Can you tell us what your treatment has been so far?

May 12, 2009 - 3:24pm

Dear larowe, I am sorry to read about your health problem. I am sure you cannot wait to resolve it. CFS is one of the most mysterious and controversial conditions. Doctors and medical science in general have not been able to determine what triggers CFS. The good news is that there are many cases of CFS sufferers that have managed to get this condition on permanent remission. You do not mention what type of therapies or treatments you are trying right now or if you are under the care of a physician. Have you tried alternative therapies?

I believe CFS is caused by a combination of multiple factors including viral infections, environmental toxins, and adrenal fatigue or burnout among others which result in a depressed immune system. So focusing on strengthening your immune system is key to recovery, this includes 7-8 hours of sleep, exercise or body movement, healthy diet low in sugars and refined carbs, increase probiotic intake to help the gut recover from yeast overgrowth and stress reduction activities like meditation, yoga, tai-chi, etc.

Here is what I suggest for people experiencing CFS:

1. Vitamin B-Complex - 50 mg twice/day
2. Magnesium - 250 mg 2 or 3 times/day
3. Vitamin B-12 - 2,000 mcg/day. Ask your doctor for injectable
4. DHEA - 5-25 mg daily (with doctor supervision!)
5. CoQ10 - 100mg 2 or 3 times/day
6. Vitamin D - start with 5,000 IU (ask doctor to test levels of this vitamin!)
7. NADH - 10mg on an empty stomach (A study showed that this coenzyme of vitamin B-3 helped reduced CFS symptoms by 30%)

You need to help your body repair, it is hard to guess how long it will take, but it will happen if you commit to nurturing your body back to wellness with good nutrition along with other healthy life style changes as I mentioned above. There is no magic pill but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Make sure to work closely with your doctor. I wish you the best.

May 11, 2009 - 10:42pm
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