5. Choosing a Doctor/Healer
7. Reviewing & Adjusting
My current and constantly evolving approach to healing CFS/ME.
CFS appears to be a condition manifesting in different variances and degrees in each person. Seeing as no-one is really 100% sure what causes it, at this stage it’s not so much a diagnosis as a set of symptoms. My personal view is its a condition the body goes into in the name of self preservation when extremely challenged by a particular event (viral infection, bacterial infection, traumatic event, toxic overload etc.)
I presently believe (22/08/10 2:14pm and 43 seconds) the most strategic response to healing CFS/ME is to first establish a thorough, comprehensive and detailed medical history. Going right back to childhood but especially focused on the months preceding the first symptoms of fatigue. Then in partnership with an open-minded medical professional use biochemical markers (blood, urine, stool tests etc.) to attempt to determine and treat the underlying cause. Using the metaphor of CFS/ME as a fire, once you have addressed the oxygen source (or underlying cause), over time the flames (or secondary symptoms) will go out much more easily.
Also crucially important is your psychological response to healing. Simply receiving CFS/ME as a diagnoses can be an incredibly overwhelming event and this can be multiplied by living with great uncertainty around the condition for many years. There appears to be a distinct set of negative mental patterns occurring alongside CFS which must be addressed and overcome in order to reduce the levels of stress and anxiety and allow the body to heal. What ever stage your at in your recovery it makes sense to get as much help as possible in re-establishing a positive and healing state of mind.
I believe the Art of Healing to be an ongoing cycle of:
Acceptance – Accepting where you are at.
Education - Learning all that you can.
Strategy – Making a Plan.
1. Acceptance. Accepting where you are at. Balancing Acceptance & Hope.
2. Education. Educating yourself about CFS/ME.
3. Plan. Planning your Recovery.
4. Budget. Budgeting for your Recovery.
5. Choosing a Doctor/Healer. Finding the right person to work with.
6. Implement. Implement your plan and keep a daily log of what works.
7. Review and Adjust.Have Goals and Dates to work towards to stay on track.
There is alot of information on this blog and it is best explored over time in a state of calmness and relaxation. Slowly expanding your knowledge, confidence and ability to create the conditions for your own recovery.