I haven’t written for a while about my progress with Functional Medicine.
To be honest, I was starting to have doubts. I mean, people have suffered with this disease (ME/CFS) for years without a cure, so what makes me think I’ll be any different?
There have definitely been improvements, most remarkably with my gut. Used to be that I would eat something, anything, and my stomach would swell followed by pain and discomfort and either diarrhea or constipation. That problem seems to be solved. I still follow a gluten-free diet, but have been able to eat some dairy.
I am also able to be upright for longer periods of time before symptoms return, which means not as much time in bed. My energy also seems to last a bit longer. All good.
On the down side, I am experiencing a flood of traumatic memories, as well as increased pain in the body. At times, I feel severely ill, or have crippling headaches. I still can’t push myself without repercussions that set me back for days.
Hering’s Law of Cure is what my doctor keeps referring to. Basically it states that healing occurs from top to bottom, from inside to out, major organs first and in reverse order of occurrence. He encourages me to stay with the program, even though I feel overwhelmed at times.
So, at this point, I’ve adopted an attitude of wait of see. Better to try than not, I suppose.
Just don’t expect to see me in any marathons quite yet.
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