Hi there, my name is Graham.
I came down with Chronic Fatigue on 9th March 2008. I know the exact date, because I remember developing a cold or flu-like illness on the last day of the 2008 Womadelaide World Music Festival. I have been ill ever since. My symptoms are basically the same as what I normally get when I have a bad cold: runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat; plus fatigue like you wouldn't believe. The fatigue is worst usually for a day or two after any physical exertion.
Prior to suffering from Chronic Fatigue I had a very active life, going dancing several nights of the week, playing in a band, and going to the gym 3 times a week, including a weekly personal training session. Not any more...
Chronic fatigue is far and away the greatest challenge I have ever faced. I'm single, so I'm facing it alone. I've tried a bunch of treatments and been to many doctors, specialists, and alternative health practitioners. I've improved my diet, taken drugs, vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies and all sorts of crazy wacked out stuff. Nothing has worked for me so far.
In late 2009 I came across references to the Gupta Amygdala Retraining Programme on the ChronicFatigue treatments forum, and recognised a strong match to my symptoms. Ashok's description of the cause of CFS as a self-perpetuating stress response centred on the Amygdala in the brain also made logical sense to me... not like some of those nutty alternative health cures I've tried or energy healers I've visited. He recommends committing to the programme for at least 6 months. That sounds like a hell of a long time to remain committed to something on a daily basis, so I set up this blog to track my progress and help keep me motivated. That's where I need your help. I am hoping it will cure my symptoms. If it works, I'll tell you. If it doesn't, I'll tell you that too. But fingers crossed.
Since starting this blog, Ashok Gupta has launched an affiliate programme, which I've joined. Aside from that, I have no connection with him or his company Harley Street Solutions. I'm here to recover from CFS, not to market his products for him.
I've set up this blog to chart my recovery from the illness. Please leave a comment or get in touch so we can encourage each other in our respective recoveries.