Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) is a very real and debilitating illness. A lot of people seriously misunderstand this illness.
In a nutshell, it is like a complete power failure of the body. Nothing functions how it should do. The severe exhaustion that is felt throughout is very different from normal tiredness.
There is no single reason or cure for this condition.
Symptoms include: debilitating fatigue, headaches, depression, palpitations, panic attacks, muscle aches, sleep disturbances, digestive problems, short-term memory loss, lack of concentration, sore glands and sore joints.
This will affect all systems of the body. This could include energy, neurological, psychological, circulatory, digestive, immune system and musculoskeletal. These effects make it a multi-factorial condition that requires a complete overhaul of diet and lifestyle including physical and mental health.
Common causes and triggers can include Epstein Barr virus, which is the most severe type of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Another problem can be neck and spinal problems causing a restriction of blood supply to the brain. Others include nutritional deficiencies, toxic overload, yeast and fungal overgrowth, long term stress and hormonal malfunctions.
Anti-depressants are commonly prescribed by doctors as most people struggle with this condition. They can struggle so much that they end up depressed even if they were not before!
This is not a cure but the justification behind it is that some people may find their mood lift that can help them deal with everything else (and that’s not including the side effects from the medication)!
My Lifestyle Now…
I have had to make massive changes to every area of my life; however, the good news is that it gives us the opportunity to get to the root cause and improve our life in areas that are no longer serving us. In my experience, the holistic approach is the only way to conquer this debilitating illness. What I know now, after my diagnosis, is invaluable to me and I am thankful that I have had the chance to turn my life around!
Yoga has been a life saver! But Yin yoga, in particular, has been the game changer for me! And something I will be eternally grateful for!
Keep checking back for more updates on the physical and mental health benefits of Yin Yoga!