Mind-Body: Inside Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
I just read this article and just reinforces what those of us managing the illness already know – much more research must be done. What struck me were the comments – so many people suffering yet there are those that have easy answers and quick fixes. I have tried many and there are no quick fixes. Like many of the comments, I believe CFS is a virus and may be related to Epstein-Barr. It goes into hibernation and resurfaces – perhaps triggered by stress or life changing events but not caused by them. Bottom line: there are no easy answers but researchers need to move away from the mental aspect. This is not a psychological disorder and it is not in my head. It is real, painful, and debilitating.
I recently read somewhere on how easy it is to tell if you are suffering from depression or are depressed as a result of a specific problem – such as CFS or Fibromyalgia. When a clinically depressed individual is asked what he/she would do if able to overcome the illness, an answer would not be forthcoming. But if someone is depressed for a reason, the answer would be a long list of activities. There is so much I want to do: complete my project and receive my M.Ed. in school counseling; train and certify my one year old lab to become a therapy dog; actively participate as a volunteer firefighter; walk more than 10 minutes; be able to do strenuous exercise; and the list goes on and on. But I have to set limits, try not to push myself too much as it tends to sabotage progress towards improvement, and look forward to my next remission (which I hope comes soon and lasts a long time).