Friday, 21 November 2008

Solving stress

It seems like most people with CFS are reluctant to believe that stress can be a factor in causing CFS - even I was reluctant to believe it, until I visited a psych.

The psych has helped me work on my anxiety, which he says was brought on by lots of stress and family deaths. Sessions with him revealed some great results: my energy levels have improved.

Even though it's clear from my normal doctor's work that my CFS has a biological cause, I think it's safe to say that there was an emotional factor as well - it's all linked, anyway.

Either way, I was open to what the psych had to say, and I think that's the key to getting past this CFS. Being stubborn won't get me anywhere.

Monday, 10 November 2008


I've improved again in the past few weeks, and I think Melatonin can be credited for that.

These past few nights I've been sucking on Melatonin tablets to improve my sleeping cycle. It's worked wonders and I've fixed my cicadian cycle, so I sleep fairly early and wake up fairly early now.

I'm surprised at how something as simple as fixing my sleeping cycle has had such a good effect.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

My sixth appointment with Dr S

The plan for the next two months is fortnightly MORA lymphatic treatments until I see Dr S again in early January.

He's given me some remedies to improve my sleep cycle as well. I've been sleeping from about 2 am to 10 am every day. Every time I get my cycle back to a pattern where I sleep earlier and wake up earlier, I have someone over for dinner and they end up staying late, and it takes me weeks to get it right again. This time, I just haven't gotten it back to normal, so apparently these remedies will help me. Dr S said my sleep cycle can affect my progress, so it's important.

Dr S is a great doctor, but sometimes I wonder if he understands the situation fully. He expects that I can take trains everywhere, and that I was going to uni; which is just ridiculous... I don't know if I can be bothered explaining how physically and mentally exhausting CFS is again, and I don't know if you can be bothered listening again, so I won't go on; you know the story.

Anyway, he did say he shouldn't get complacent just because I don't complain a lot. I'm on a new type of medication that should help my gut bugs. I hope that encourages more improvements.