Exercise has a very bad reputation in relation to CFS/ME, and I did discuss it in a previous post (link) but it was something that was covered in the first session of the advanced NHS course.
The physio who lead this particular part of the session, spilt out movement into two separate elements:
Where function includes particular tasks, every day things really & exercise is movement with health at the focus. Continue reading
In previous posts I have talked about my positive experience with the NHS and having CFS/ME from my:
- Speedy diagnosis from my GP and referral to Bristol specialist clinic (Link)
- NHS Foundation course where we got information on: CBT, GET, Activity Management (Link), Rest, Relaxation (Link), Sleep and Stress Management (Link)
- To my second 1-2-1 where I asked for further information on: Phased return to work (Link) and movement/fitness (Link)
It was in my second 1-2-1 that I was offered to attend the clinics advanced course names from Theory to Practice which was held over 5 sessions, and it is the first of these that I am going to discuss now. Continue reading
Lying on the sofa in PJ’s for the third day in a row might seem like a luxury to non sufferers and it used to be for me as well before I got ill. However my PJ’s and a cheeky hot chocy were accompanied by searing pain, tingling in my arms and legs or at times the inability to even concentrate on the most mind numbing TV.
So my current stint on the sofa hasn’t been all that luxurious, the forecast has been filled with severe weather warning of: impenetrable brain fog, with pain showers throughout ranging from an annoying dull continuous drizzle to a full out thunder storm that brought a tear to my eye.
But though all the fog, the drizzle and the storm there has been a rainbow; evidence of the rays of my progress with this condition trying to burst through. Whilst these rays are not strong enough to banish the fog and the storms, the rainbow to me symbolises hope and makes me feel content and one might even go so far as saying happy with my situation. Continue reading
How are you?
Such a simple every day question. But nothing is simple when it comes to CFS/ME (or any type of chronic illness) and the answer to this question is no exception!
How do you answer:
So in previous parts of the seminar, Toby talked briefly about what CFS/ME is and how and potential causes (Link), Toby’s Triangle of success: Survival, Accept, Adjust, Believe & Achieve (Link) and the effects of stress and mindset to recovery (Link).
All the above are great, but how do we get past the acceptance stage and start adjusting, how do we keep a positive mindset and hope if there is nothing we can do to help ourselves or we think we have no hope of ever getting better?
In most cases this simply is not true, there are things we can do to help ourselves, it may not mean recovering fully from CFS/ME but giving you access to a better quality of life. Continue reading
Whilst Toby clearly stated that CFS/ME is not all in the mind, he emphasised the negative effect stress has on those with CFS/ME and a lot of chronic illnesses, and from personal experience I can defiantly vouch for stress causing my symptoms to flare up.
Stress is the #1 cause of chronic illness in the world.
We can be our own worst enemy. People with CFS/ME can often stop doing things because doing them causes anxiety and to be frank it is truly quite scary.
This can be from:
- The anxiety that doing the thing in question is going to cause you some pretty serious payback
- You wonder if you have forgotten how to do it
- Run over various outcomes in your head about how it is going to go and,
- How people are going to react to you.
Toby Morrison has been one of the most important parts on my road to recovery from CFS/ME (which is by no means over!). He is a true inspiration to all suffers and really understands what we need to hear in order to help ourself, being a ex-sufferer himself.
At the end of last month I went to his UK seminar and it was really interesting, in part one of this post I went through Toby’s Introduction and symptoms of CFS/ME as well as potential causes (Link)
Triangle of success
We then moved on to to talking about what Toby calls the triangle of success, which I have illustrated below.