M.E./CFS: The silent illness

In my experience of helping people with M.E, I have found that this illness is silent. Most people are not heard. They’re not heard by their doctors, most of the medical profession and friends and family. Inside, the person is silently screaming; looking for some sort of relief and although the hospitals go through the motions of looking for a cure it’s very often too little too late.  The people that I work with are just so relieved to have someone hear them, understand them and reassure them that what they are going through is perfectly normal for an M.E sufferer. It gives them hope, that someone cares and hope that they may not have to be bed ridden for the rest of their lives.

I was encouraged to hear that one of the hospitals in London is offering CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) as part of the recovery and working along side me and having CBT will help speed up recovery. As far as friends and family go, although they care, they cannot understand what their loved one is going through and often times friends drop away as they just don’t know how to handle it. So it’s also lonely, both lonely and silent, except for the constant inner noise and mind chatter that booms oh so loudly.

When someone works with me, we look at the eight essential elements that must be tackled for recovery to take place, and this includes nutritional health, thyroid and adrenal care, lifestyle and pace, environment, movement, relationships (with others and self) self purpose and emotional health.  I also look at where they are in the recovery phase, as there are six phases to full recovery. I find that this also is really helpful for them to understand where they are and where they are going.

This holistic approach works really well along side the therapies that I offer, such as Reiki (to aid with relaxation) Hypnosis (to help overcome anxiety) Aromatherapy Massage (to relax and aid with circulation and keeping the muscles toned) Heart Screening (to see physically if their heart is under pressure and check the arterial stiffening). Gentle Yoga also works really well and there are some instructors who teach M.E sufferers and know exactly how much they can cope with. This is where pacing comes in, as it’s very easy to overdo things when people have a window of energy and then physically pay for it in the coming days.

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