Sometimes, a Tantrum Is a Good Thing

Or, What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia?

I was finally having a tantrum. In dealing with about three years of being mysteriously disabled, getting diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and facing unhelpful doctors, my attitude had always been to stay focused and solve the problem. Just the solutions ma’am!

Then I discovered Jacob Teitelbaum’s book From Fatigued to Fantastic. He is a medical doctor who had conducted clinical trials on an effective protocol for treating severe chronic fatigue states. After all that time trying to explain to doctors how debilitating my daily experience was, he was describing it exactly without ever having met me. What?! Continue reading

Do You Think I Should Send This Letter?

Do you think I should send this letter to “Addison? Please tell me by selecting yes or no at the end of this post!

Dear Dr. Addison,

I thought you might like to know what has happened with my health since we last spoke in 2006. You may remember that at the beginning of that year, I complained of fatigue that prevented me from working or leading the life I knew in any way; unquenchable thirst; feeling like I had been hit by a truck after I tried to push through my fatigue and go for a small walk; insomnia; various kinds of digestive distress; and pain in my joints, particularly my wrist. It turns out that I’m suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Syndrome (CFS/FMS).

Because of problems defining chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, I prefer to use the following definition: Continue reading

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Polio, Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis are all examples of conditions that were dismissed by most physicians before definitive tests were developed. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome currently suffers from the same lack of understanding as those diseases once did.

Dr. Osias, an OB/GYN whom I had consulted for help with the hormonal aspect of my condition, told me she felt the current medical system is “excellent at treating a single organ or system in crisis”. She went on to talk about standard medical practice being bad at resolving conditions which span multiple systems and trigger crisis for the entire body. I was brought to tears when she lauded me for how far I had come on my own. Continue reading