Not feeling too good

Didn’t go too badly yesterday, but things came acropper when I burnt my hand cooking last night. Heaps of pain. Ouch! Spent several hours with my hand in a glass of ice water. Stayed up watching Sex And The City reruns until 2am, when the pain had subsided enough for me to get to sleep.

Woke up feeling really trashed, with a sore throat. It hurts when I swallow. Ouch. Been doing the Stop-Stop-Stop thing, but I’m bored with it already. Oh-oh.

Just watched the first retraining session DVD

I felt pretty tired today; just the same as usual. Went to the art gallery with a friend who was visiting me, and then had a lie down in the afternoon. That suited her fine, since she wanted to sleep before going anyway.

Then I watched Session 4 of the recovery programme on DVD, the first of the actual retraining sessions. It makes sense, so far so good. I wonder whether I’ll stay motivated to do it, but that’s the reason for this blog. I’m putting my Negative Thought Diary online instead of in a book; I’ll update it as I go. It might not make sense if you’re not familiar with the programme though!

I’ll practise the technique for the next couple of days, and watch the next session then.

A New Year, A New Start

Well it’s New Year’s Day 2010. I’m down in Canberra staying at my sister’s place. I’ve come down here to get away from my place in Sydney, just in case something in the environment is making me sick. Other neighbours in the building where my unit is have been complaining of damp in the air, and a mould problem. Perhaps the mould spores are making me ill. Three weeks in Canberra while my sister and her family are away on holidays should be long enough to recover from something like that. Mind you I think it’s a long shot; I’ve been away on a lot of long (up to 3 months) road trips since getting ill, and although I feel happier while travelling, I always return home feeling much the same.

A better theory I’m going with is that my illness is essentially stress-related. As I say that, I hear my mother’s voice in my head saying “How could you possibly be suffering from stress! You don’t even haveĀ  a job! Don’t be so ridiculous”. Well growing up with a mother like that is probably enough to induce some pretty deep-seated life-long stress, but that’s a topic for another time.

My number 1 priority for 2010 is to get my energy back. While searching for stories of other people who have recovered from CFS, I came across the forums at chronicfatiguetreatments.com, which led me to the Gupta Amygdala Retraining Program. I resonated a lot with what Ashok said about his experience of CFS, and since I feel like I’ve exhausted what medical science has to offer, along with a bunch of increasingly bizarre alternative health treatments, I decided to give it a go.

I just finished watching the first DVD today. The explanation for CFS makes sense to me, and being from an Engineering background, I like things to make logical sense. I know it hasn’t been put to a double-blind trail yet, but I’m willing to give it a go anyway.

I could relate to a lot of what the other ex-sufferers said in their testimonials with similar symptoms like:

  • Recurrent flu-like illnesses in the years before the really chronic illness
  • Persistent cough
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Overwhelming tiredness, especially after exercise or physical exertion
  • Feeling like my life has been hit-for-six
  • Unable to focus on things I used to be able to
  • Tension and anxiety, especially anxiety about getting better
  • Depression; not right now, but certainly during the past year

Fortunately I don’t have the brain fog or physical some other people report, so I’m grateful for that. All the people on the DVD obviously attribute their significant recovery to this programme, so I feel like I have some hope back. I’ve had a lot of people over the last two years tell me that they could help me, and I feel like none of them ended up really being able to cure me 100%. Perhaps they were stepping-stones along the way, but I hope this time I’m onto something. We’ll see.

Right now I feel average; a bit tired since I haven’t been sleeping well, and a tiny bit tense; but pretty much at the level I’ve been used to. My sister’s family go on holidays tomorrow, so I’ll be on my own for a couple of weeks. I usually live alone and like not having to share my space with idiot flatmates, but I’ve enjoyed having my sisters’ family around. It’ll be interesting to see how I feel when they’re not here.

Please subscribe to my RSS feed, and leave a comment if you drop by; it’ll help motivate me to keep posting, and to keep with the programme. Thanks, Graham

2010 Is Going To Be Different

Hi there!

I’ve set up this blog to describe my recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome during 2010. I’ve been suffering from CFS since March 2008, and I’m determined to make 2010 different.

My main symptoms are flu-like physical symptoms, and extreme tiredness; “post-exertional malaise” in the CFS jargon. Any time I exert myself physically, I end up exhausted for the next few days.

I believe that CFS is a wholistic illness which needs a wholistic cure, so I’m going to be as frank as possible in this blog. Rather than keeping a private diary, I’m going to have a go at putting it all out there on this blog so that other people can benefit. So I think I’ll be a bit anonymous if that’s OK with you. That way I’ll be able to keep it more real.

If you find this helpful, please leave a comment to say hello. That’ll encourage me to keep going, and to keep on my own path of recovery.

Thanks,

Graham