My journey with CFIDS continued:
Update: December 2008
My year of relaxing from the constant search for wellness was enjoyable, but
fruitless. I often use the saying " You Play, You Pay!". And I have been experiencing the payment in spades
these past few weeks.
My deconditioned body has been unable to withstand the assault brought on by wave
after wave of low pressure systems. I love the Northwest, but sometimes the weather systems can nearly kill
me. And no this is not hyperbole.
We returned from a trip to Arizona and stepped into a typical fall weather pattern
of sequential low pressure systems. Every aspect of my illness flared up. Every moment of my day was
filled with pain and exhaustion. I had chills and sweats, and laboured to gather the energy to simply draw
breath. Indeed it felt that my entire body was closing down and it would soon be time to simply vanish.
Each night was greeted with the weary curiosity of whether I would be greeted with a grey dawn, or some eternal
A couple days ago I thought I had used up the last of my life force. I could
succumb or seek help once again. Back on the treadmill of intervention, discipline and perhaps
My friend Dr Gallant ND had reported success using a technique called
NMT. He has recommended that I try it. I've contacted the architect of the technique, Dr Les Feinberg
DC, and will begin a series of preliminary sessions. I'll report back here on how they were.
(update on using NMT)
I had moderate success with NMT. I must say I felt great after about 10
sessions with Dr Feinberg, but had a relapse after discontinuing the therapy. The concept of NMT is that the
practitioner can "communicate" with the autonomic system and correct misinformation which is causing the body to
ignore some pathogens and attack, or over respond in other areas. There has been some amazing documented
success using NMT for a variety of health problems, from bone infections to anaphylactic allergies.
I did have some success with NMT, but am not sure if this was because of the
technique, or the usual desire to be healed. I discontinued treatment through a combination of a confusion in
communication with the Drs and cost.
I've had a lot of practitioners tell me that they could sure me as long as I
continued indefinitely with the treatments. I guess I'm feeling a bit of treatment fatigue. My
naturopath Dr has expressed his frustration with patients who want instant fixes. He sees patients that come
to him after conventional medicine has reached it limits. Of course their bodies have also reached the
limit of regenerative resources by that time. So we are all frustrated.
Update on my CFS disability levels Nov
An update on my CFIDS for 2010