A-Z of Remedies for ME/CFS

17 Jan

My GP has likened curing ME/CFS to a large jigsaw puzzle. There is no one magic pill. Instead it takes a plethora of different things that eventually fit together to solve the overall puzzle, well that’s the hope anyway.

Here’s an A-Z list of all the remedies, treatments and strategies I have tried in the last two years in the hope of fixing my bizarro body and curing, or at least improving, my ME/CFS symptoms. Some have worked, some have not. Some are a bit weird,  some extremely strange. Some are just wonderful that I wouldn’t be without and others I wouldn’t touch again with a barge pole!

Words in bold show the main treatment and remedy paths that I use, with a lot of the other items fitting under one of these headings, and the more s the better I have found the remedy.

  • Activity Grids
  • Acupunture ♥♥ (don’t be afraid of the needles, it really helps me)
  • Alkaline Eating
  • Amitriptyline ♥♥
  • Autogenic relaxation 
  • Caffeine – avoid
  • Cipralex 
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Co-codamol  ♥ ♥
  • Co-enzyme Q10 ♥♥
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Colonic Hydrotherapy
  • Cranial Osteopathy (pretty odd)
  • Daily Routine ♥♥♥♥ (I’d literally be lost without it)
  • Dairy-Free ♥♥♥
  • Diet ♥♥
  • D-Ribose ♥♥♥♥
  • Dr Wilson’s Dynamite – tasted completely and utterly foul and didn’t do much, if anything, for my energy
  • Eating regularly ♥♥
  • Emotional Freedom Technique 
  • Enadh Nadh Co-enzyme vitamin B3 ♥♥
  • Epsom Salt Baths 
  • FODMAP free Diet
  • Gaba
  • Gluten-Free ♥♥♥♥
  • Homeopathy
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy – Extremely expensive, made me very spotty and much fatter, little impact on my energy.
  • Journal
  • Kinesiology (very odd though did seem to be accurate in diagnosis)
  • Levothyroxine
  • Light Box ♥ ♥
  • Lightning Process (currently looking into this)
  • Linseed 
  • Magnesium
  • Meditation ♥♥♥ (don’t knock it until you’ve tried, it’s amazing rest)
  • Melatonin ♥♥♥♥
  • Mindfulness 
  • Minimal (red) Meat 
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) ♥♥♥
  • Nutritionist Consultation 
  • Pacing  ♥♥♥
  • Positivity♥♥
  • Prescription Drugs ♥♥♥
  • Pro-biotics
  • Protein rich Diet 
  • Reflexology 
  • Rests  (absolutely essential)
  • Salt – daily dose
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Soluble fibre diet  
  • Stress release exercises 
  • Sugar – low refined sugar diet 
  • Tiger Balm (amazing stuff)
  • Vitamin B12 Injections 
  • Vitamin C supplement 
  • Vitamin D  
  • Walking – paced daily walks  
  • Water 
  • Wheelchair 
  • Yoga 
  • Yoga Nidra  (amazing rest)

Over time I hope to post about each of these individually, or at least the ones worth posting about, so this is purely a catch all list.

Updated 11 June 2013

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