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What She Did to Get Past Her Chronic Fatigue

24 Nov

Just as the person who wrote in, I have been a chronic fatigue sufferer for eight long and lonely years.  This is not only distressing due to the chronic pain, exhaustion and interference with the ability to function normally on a daily basis.  It is also distressing because people don’t believe there is anything wrong with you and get impatient and angry. For years I had judgmental doctors who hated seeing me in the waiting room because they knew they could not help me and therefore blamed me for being sick, just like you wrote. I was told I was stressed and depressed.  That was definitely true, but this was because of my CFS, not what started it!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Over the years, I have tried many methods.  Here is my summary.  I have found that weekly massage, gentle yoga stretches, taking wheat and dairy out of my diet, neurofeedback, guided imagery and sticking with a naturopathic diet regimen have yielded steady relief.  I have been on a steady improvement upswing on all of my symptoms for at least the last three years. 

I’ve gone back to work half-time, which I have enjoyed very much.  I don’t work as hard and I don’t take it as seriously as I used to.  This gives me more balance in my life. I even think that these days, even with the CFS, I can honestly say I am enjoying life more now than I used to.  I fully expect to improve further.

I would therefore like to underline what Belleruth said.  Don’t give up!!!!!! You can put together a set of modalities that will make the difference for you, just like I did.  Don’t write yourself off.  Your life is not over.  It may be just beginning.


Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award