Anyone Living with Chronic Fatigue?

Updated on February 25, 2008
J.C. asks from San Gabriel, CA
5 answers

In my early 30's I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Being the stubborn woman I am, I looked at the info. and went on with my life without changing much but now as I am getting older I am having a more difficult time ignoring my (for lack of better word) limitations.
Anyone out there share this problem?

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So What Happened?

Thanks to everyone for your responses!
I've decided to tighten up on diet and exercise, cut out coffee and wine and add supplements. After that, if I still feel like a zombie I'll look into other options.
I guess I knew that I needed to commit to a healthier life style to feel better... I have been through this before... but it calls for
changes and those are sometimes hard to make!
I feel inspired though, so thanks!

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answers from Los Angeles on

Dear J.,
I have not ever had chronic fatigue myself, but have worked with both men and women who have. First of all, it can go into remission with proper attention to diet, accupuncture and gentle yoga and REST. The tricky part is how to get rest when the mother of a four year old! As I'm sure you are potently aware.
Ask for support from friends and family so that you are not forced in your energetic depletion to be the main caregiver to your child, sharing the load can give you permission to take care of you first when your body is low. I'm sure your are aware to eliminate sugar, caffiene and processed foods; eating whole foods and grains can help the body sustain itself. Depending on where you live, there may e a macrobiotic food company that delivers that you can rely on. Learning some energy building techniques like pranayama (yogic breathing) or qi gong can be very helpful to support the subtle energetic field as well. But mostly learning to cultivate the "being" aspect of being human and not the "doing" is the greatest challenge. Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now may be a good resource to draw on as well. Some supplements to consider are:
Acidophillus (Sometimes chronic fatigue and candida go side by side)Use a non dairy formula, Chromium Picolinate(helps with hypoglycemic factors) CoQ10 Helps with immune system, plus CoEnzyme A to remove toxins, Kyolic-EPA Supplies essential fatty acids, L-Carnitine taken with a b-6 complex and vitamin C helps to increase energy levels. There is a book out there co-written by Dr. Jesse A. Stoff, MD which may be a very helpful resource called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many blessings on your return to health. -- B.



answers from Los Angeles on

I used to be tired all the time and I had a friend who definelty had Chronic Fatigue.

Here are a few things that I did that helped. First I stopped drinking coffee. That didn't help much but it was so hard to do that I've stuck to it and now I only drink tea. Recently I cut back on all alcohol and now only drink wine on the weekends. That has made a huge difference in my energy level. I also stopped watching TV. I would get home from work, turn on the TV, and turn into a slug. I couldn't get out of bed to make dinner or do anything! So not TV for me. These small lifestyle changes were hard at first, but my energy level is much higher and more consistent as well.

My friend who had Chronic Fatigue realized at some point that she was really suffering from lactose intollerance. Once she stopped eating all milk products her energy increased enormously.

Hope this helps!




answers from Los Angeles on

I personally have CFS as well and Ebstein Bar Virus which often come as a package.
Anyway, there is not cure, it does not go away. It will always be in your system!!! However, there are things that you can do to help minimize the symptoms.
You have to take care of yourself. You have to have a well balanced diet and you must, you must, you must exercise!!
You also have to take supliments. The best that I have found is all natural and are Isotonix. The absorbation rate is much higher than any I have found. 95% percent to be exact. I have never felt better! I have been taking them for about two years now, and they are not that bad in price. My Dr. was the one that recommended this line to me. She is a wonderful Dr. here in LA. The company is Market America. I get them on line since it is cheaper. Look under the Isotonix section. I love the multi and the OPC-3. Also the B-Complex has been a huge help with the depression that comes along with CFS.
I don't know your Dr. but make sure they are not old school and are willing to see outside of the box.
I was diagnosed when I was 17. So many Dr's said that I was just lazy, but my mother knew better. I went to AZ. to participate in a study as well.
If you would like to talk further please feel free to send me a message.
I know what you are going through and it is so tough. Especially when you feel like you have a thousand pound weight on every muscle in your body.



answers from Los Angeles on

i had it when i used to wear when i quit it went doc said i was depressed and put me on meds! soon found out that wasn't the if you're wearing perfume or maybe have something in your house like mold or ?? that could be the problem..

now i also take a few things that have helped my energy levels..
Vitamineral Green...also E3 Live..Cell Food..and i also take my Omega's and DHA pills..
check out these "foods" they aren't can go to Whole Foods and talk to them and tell them your problem and they also can suggest things for you to take..also do you exercise? if i don't exercise i start to feel lethargic..i'm 43..mother of one boy..he's 2...try these things they can help if i go out drinking i don't even get a hangover b/c of taking these!



answers from Los Angeles on

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well as Epstein Barr are too widely mis-diagnosed. Best to get an updated check up with an experienced Nutritionist. There are Epstein Barr tests....i was told i had that as well as Chronic F.S. but then went to a great doctor and the test showed i didn't have EBV. So, a further referral to a Rheumatologist showed that i had a positive ANA test and "probably early Lupus." Anyway, find out what it really is and there are mant things you can do to help (dietary, exercise etc). I am 39 with a just turned 3 year old and i'm wondering how i can have another child.....i'm tired all the time.......but working on it!!! (I'm in L.A, CA if you need a referral and are in this area)

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