Here's a recent profile pic. Is this a bad hair day or is it supposed to look like this? Does it matter??? God, it's fun to dress up and put goop in my hair and drape jewelry all over myself again. When I go out now, I'm dressed to kill. I have to make up for all the times people saw me as a disheveled train wreck. For newbies, I pretty much fixed the causes of the problem: gut dysbiosis and intestinal hyperpermeability. I used diet and supplements under the advice of Dr. Farr, a chiropractor who studied these methods in college. I did specific tests to show what was happening in the guts (main problem area for CFS) and used diet adjustments and supplements to correct what was wrong. It took a very long time, like a year, but it paid off. I'm almost totally back to normal. A few years ago, I was completely bedridden and needed people to bring me food and water and take me to the bathroom. I would have starved to death in my bed if I had been alone. And, needless to say, I didn't look anything like my present profile pic. I've been going to yoga classes 3 times a week and working out at the local gym. I only do 5 and 10 pounds of weights at the gym, I'm not crazy enough to push it every time. Though one day I tried this torso twist thing at only 5 pounds and it ruined me! The next morning, I had to hang around the house while I recovered. I tried doing the gym and yoga on the same days a few times and regretted it a couple of times. But compared to what I could do even a few months ago, it's not something I'm fretting over. I can already do things in yoga that I couldn't do when I started about a month ago or so. Like the "grab each big toe with my thumb and finger and lift and straighten my legs outwards and balance myself up on my butt" thing. I forget what it's called! My instructor is a real hunk, he looks like a model and he's also a lot of fun. He's new in town so I took him shopping to the big city. We ended up parking the car and getting around on the back of a motorcycle to save time. He's amazed I know so much about supplements. He showed me all his bottles in his apt and I went down the line describing each one and what it does. He also showed me a nice set of yoga exercises that I can do on my own that completely work the body. It's called the 5 Tibetans. So I do those on the days I don't have yoga class. Spanish class is going well. My brain works enough to study and remember things. It's not perfect yet, but taking class was not possible a few months ago, either, like the gym. I had another CDSA done. Some things are okay, but I've still got liver troubles more than anything else. My phase II pathway is especially troubled. I'll be starting on a couple of supplements to help this next week. Beta glucuronidase went way up and this is an indication that toxins, hormones and drugs are being recirculated and reabsorbed. The estrogen is not breaking down which is why my monthly cramping is incredibly bad. It's so bad, I have to give myself injections of an anti-inflammatory for the pain. Then this drug has to be detoxed by the liver which brings me down a bit on those days. I can still do yoga or whatever, but I get tired faster. At least I don't get exhausted anymore. I tried ProgonB for the painful cramping, it's progesterone. But the improper breakdown of the estrogen by my liver is preventing it from working. So I'm going to try some Jamaican Dogwood. My yoga instructor's friend had luck with this with her cramping and Farr said it looked like a good thing to try. I also had another metals test. Some went down, some went up, like mercury. Probably too much fish and shellfish. I started eating those again but I'm stopping immediately. Dr. Farr said we won't do anything about them right now but I think the ionized water I'm drinking will help with these. My last blood test from January showed acidosis based on the levels of chloride and CO2. But the ionized alkaline water I've been drinking for the past 3 weeks should take care of that, too. On the CDSA, my ph went down which is an indicator of malabsorption and carbohydrate maldigestion. And the high triglycerides means bile insufficiency, reduced pancreatic function and low hydrochloric acid. That's why I continue to take so many digestive aids. I've been sticking with the low carb diet, mostly. But I have to have some more carbs when I work out. I've been getting snacks, crackers and granola from naturalzing and drinking tea with honey. I feel so good it's hard to believe where I was not all that long ago - lying in bed dying, or at least feeling like it. It's really like being out of prison, out of a really sick body. Now I just have a deconditioned one. I bought tons of clothes recently and have been active socially. It sure is nice to be able to go out again and do what I want when I want. And people are so surprised to see me! I see from a post here that some doctors are getting wise to the fact that gut problems are behind a whole slew of things, including CFS. Well . . . DUH!!! It's been known for a long time to people besides medical doctors so that just tells me not to go to medical doctors for treatment. They are way behind in health knowledge because they can only use drugs as treatments. And since the liver detox pathways are heavily involved with CFS, drugs will hurt more than they will help. Modern medicine is a sales business. It is NOT health care. If you confuse the two you won't understand why doctors can't help you and you will continue to waste time reading about "breakthroughs" when the treatments that can help you are already out there. If you don't know about them yet, then you need to do more homework and make sure you don't limit your research to "medicine". If you do, you'll be on here forever. beatcfsandfms.org has the protocols we need to fix ourselves. They may be weird or unorthodox or not to your liking, but just how long are you willing to sit around and wait on medical doctors? I promise they will not cure these diseases in our lifetimes because there is too much money at stake. There is a difference between patentable treatments (drugs) and unpatentable treatments (diet and supplements). The biggest difference we care about is that drugs don't fix our diseases but diet and supplements do. There are actual health care professionals who can fix us, like Dr. Farr. beatcfsandfms.org lists some doctors who have experience in the treatments necessary to fix us. Farr's method is very simple - you treat the root cause and fix the body, you don't go after individual symptoms like medical doctors do. We have an absurdly long list of symptoms, are you really going to let them take a whack at trying to alleviate each one with a drug? Because that's all they do - alleviate symptoms with drugs. They have no idea what is the root cause of anything. Some of them are awakening to the gut thing, but they still have no way to treat it. Sure, they can give you diflucan and tell you to eat Yoplait, but that won't work. You can take lots of diflucan but if you continue to eat carbs and sugars, it won't work. Yoplait and other store yogurts have too much sugar in them and besides, you need a wide spectrum of probiotics, not just acidophilus. The problem with symptom relief and not going after the root causes is that organ damage will set in the longer you allow the body to remain "broken". It has taken a lot of effort for me to climb out of this CFS hole, but it happened. I studied harder to fix this than I ever did in college. And it paid off, I won! I feel really great! The only way I can tell that I still have some issues is if I try to take some pain meds or if I exercise. Any meds make me feel weird and I can't exercise as much as I'd like to yet. The CDSA tells me what is going on and what to do about it. Anyone interested should check out my post on the ionized water thread. I've been drinking this stuff for 3 weeks now and I won't live without it. It's even better than Harry's oxygenated water that I've been drinking for a couple of years. And keep in mind that there is a big difference between bottled alkaline water and electrolyzed reduced water. The machines are expensive but they're worth it. I've seen a lot of people talking about their problems with food. Food intolerances and allergies are indications of intestinal hyperpermeability and dysbiosis, classic CFS problems. They are treatable by the right person, but don't go running to your regular doctor - he won't have a clue about what you're saying. good luck! do your homework and don't give up!