Therapy and Treatment

 

Each physician that you see along your chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome journey will offer his own advice and suggestions to the type of treatment and therapy that should be done for you so that you can recover quicker from this syndrome. The truth of the matter is that no one type of therapy or treatment is going to cause your body to miraculously recuperate from this disease. You can and should contribute to empowering yourself by doing what you can to help your body heal itself.

The first rule of thumb with approaching any type of therapy or treatment plan is to use common sense. You are the only one who truly knows how sick you actually are. You can describe your symptoms in minute detail to your doctor and he still can't fathom the depth of how ill you are and what unbearable discomfort you are sensing. If you aren't comfortable with what your physician wishes for you to do as a treatment plan, don't do it. State how you feel to him and don't be intimidated by your doctor's authority. Remember that you are the one who is entrusting your body to this person to help you to get it back to good health. If you are daunted by your physician and you sense that you can't tell him no, then you should get a new doctor. You should be at ease when discussing any conflicting ideas with your medical practitioner. If your doctor is a good one, then he or she is treating you with respect and welcomes your input in finding a therapy or treatment plan that will work for the both of you.

You should take the time to search out suitable health care for yourself. You deserve to have a physician who will care about you and take the time to listen to your needs. Most doctors that you will go to may reject you as a patient after the first few visits because they know that your case will require a lot of time and energy that they don't have. Another factor to add to this situation is that these medical practitioners are out to make some money and since you are chronically ill, the odds are that you have lost your job and are living off of disability funds. They can't expect to make any money off of you within this set of circumstances. You need to find a doctor whose philosophy is to help people get well not to get rich. He should be committed to helping you throughout the duration of your bout with chronic fatigue syndrome. If your physician has had no other patient with this syndrome, your case could be considered a unique adventure. He will have to spend some time researching and digging for all available data on this disease. Your situation could be quite a challenge for the right kind of doctor. If you can't get out in public to find this type of medical practitioner, get a relative, friend, or neighbor to do so for you. Shopping around for the kind of caregiver that you will need is no different than any other major decision that you have to make in your life. You are worth the time and effort that it will take. You deserve the best that is available.

Never attempt any kind of therapy or treatment plan on your own. If you are not familiar with the vitamins, medications, or procedures, don't attempt them. You could cause more harm to your already over or under sensitized body by ingesting foreign medications or inflicting unnecessary pain and torture to your aching body. In other words, you could do more damage than good to yourself. Seek out a person who does have some expertise in whatever therapy or treatment plan that you wish to try. You should always request some documentation of this person's credentials that would verify if he is indeed able to help you with the specific therapy or treatment plan. This individual should have the capability to guide and monitor you while you undergo the decided course of action.

There will be a certain degree of trial and error in any therapy or treatment plan that you will attempt. It took many months or years for you to be as ill as you are and it could take many more before you will be well. Don't expect anything that you try can make you immediately well. Your common sense should tell you that if something is making you sicker to stop doing it or using the product. Be cautious about any type of therapy or treatment plan that require you to try techniques, medications, or prescriptions that you aren't aware of all of the side effects or are not comfortable with going through the process. A doctor can be very convincing so don't allow him to persuade you into doing anything without first discussing all of the dangers or hindrances to what you will go through following his or her treatment plan. Since your body is so sensitized, it will not take much for it to become unstable or distressed. You are the one who should be on guard to protecting your own body from all unnecessary processes or treatments.

You can become more in tuned to what your body needs now that it is sick by "listening" to it. Pay attention to the aches and pains that you sense and note what these feelings are saying to you. For example, if you are tired and you don't lie down, you get a very intense dizzy-headed feeling. When you do lie down, that feeling subsides and goes away. With each and every symptom and sensation, your body is trying to communicate what it requires at that moment from you. You have to begin to see discomfort as your body's "words" and to start heeding what these "words" are vocalizing to you. Do what you have to do to take care of yourself. If you need to lie down, do it. If your body needs to sleep eighteen hours a day, get some serious shut-eye. Don't inject any inconsequential anguish into your situation by ignoring your body's way of talking to you.

Stress is one of the worst instigators for exacerbating any and all of your symptoms while you suffer with CFS. Obviously, you can't control every amount of stress that you will encounter each and every day and you can't eliminate it. Stress is a part of your daily existence as a human being. However, you can contribute to aiding your own health by reducing the stresses that you can control in your life.

Adjusting your life style is one way to help yourself. Now you are ill, you will have no choice but to slow down and relax a lot more than you may have been used to doing. Your body is exhausted and is telling you to take it easy. You will have to pay more attention to what you eat and drink, which individuals you select to have in your life, and how much time you will commit to caring for others as well as yourself. It isn't easy for anyone to change a habit or pattern after living a particular way for a long time, but it can be done. In your case, you have no option but to adapt and adjust if you wish to get better. Getting rid of any emotional, physical, or environmental stresses can contribute to a healthier environment for you to get better. If you are less tense and relaxed because you are capable of living in a space where you can express how you feel, then you are helping yourself. You shouldn't be afraid to talk about your illness, your thoughts on what you are going through, and what your plan of action is in attempting to cope with this disease. However, be sure to monitor the amount of your complaints and talk around those who don't particularly care to hear about you and your trials.

You should take regular walks even if they are around the room to get some exercise. A simple stroll can help reduce some of your internal stresses besides giving your body some of the exercise that it craves. Clean out any products in your environment that contribute to aggravating your symptoms if you expect yourself to improve.

You will also have to find a way to learn to cope with the attitudes of your significant other, family, and friends that doesn't interfere with you getting well. Even if any of them don't wish to present positive ideas and influences into your life while you are ill, you must do it for yourself. You cannot let their negativity interfere with your forward motion of your life. You can be your best therapy!

The most capable way of dealing with any type of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or environmental stresses is to rest. It is as simple as lying down or sitting still for a length of time to regain your composure and attitude. Your body's trying to contend with the sickness in it and if you are expending any precious energy on unnecessary stresses, you are robbing yourself of self-healing power. You will detect that your body does require more rest and relaxation than you have ever known before. For some sufferers, it is the only time in their lives that they have had to slow down and think of themselves first. It is as is this disease has impeded them to the point of having no choice but to listen to their bodies. They have to rest whenever their bodies need to or else their bodies will send a strong message (like an intense headache) to remind them to pay attention.

Once your body relaxes, your stressed systems can unload some of their requirements for sustenance. In turn, the energies can be refocused to areas such as your immune system that really need the help. Why are you wasting your energy on reacting to stress when you can focus your inner light on helping yourself? Put your feet up and allow yourself to give into the sensations that your body says you should do and feel. You have to be good to yourself! You do deserve some time to just do nothing and allow yourself to think of nothing for a while. Clearing your head of inconsequential thoughts allows your mind time to unwind and relax. As the old adage goes, think pleasant thoughts!

Sleep is an important part of any therapy or treatment plan and is an excellent way to relax your entire being. However, having chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome means that you can sleep up to twenty plus hours a night (and day) and still not feel rested at all. Your body tends to not drift into a deep enough REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and because your body can't reach the depth that it needs to get some appropriate rest, you end up feeling not very refreshed and discontented. It is as if you never really went to sleep at all. In many ways, your body never did. You should listen to your body and if it seems that you are totally wiped out and exhausted, go lie down. Even if you are going through a period where your mind appears to race out of control when you try to sleep, if you relax for long enough, you will fall asleep. It is very difficult to fathom sleeping for sometimes up to twenty hours a day, but your body does require that much sleep to keep itself running. While you are sleeping, the distressed systems that are focused on fighting the infection get some extra energy "reinforcements". So, when you are sleeping, you are also contributing to helping yourself get well. There will be times when you begin to feel a little improvement that you don't want to go and lie down for a nap. Going to bed signifies a regression back into how sick you used to be when you couldn't do anything but sleep. You will never regress back to how ill you originally were. Even though your body may require sixteen hours sleep today and nineteen tomorrow doesn't mean that you are going back to being sicker. You could be passing through a phase where your body is a little more tired and worn which means more sleep to help it regain some strength. You may have another infection in your body which means that it has to drain some energy into that area for now which in turn depletes the focus of fighting off the CFIDS viruses. Sleep and rest are great ways to help heal your ills.

Do I or don't I exercise? This is indeed the most puzzling question that you will ask yourself while you are ill with this malady. You know that exercise is one of the best ways to help your body perspire and rid itself of any toxins while exerting yourself. Exercise also strengthens and tones your muscles. Yet, if you have tried to exercise since you have been sick, you have found out that it isn't such a good idea. You probably felt a combination of symptoms from being dizzy, having your heart feel as if it is racing out of your chest, to having a pounding headache, losing your balance, getting an upset stomach to maybe even vomiting. It wasn't worth any amount of effort to go through a vast array of manifestations all at once. For some reason still undefinable, your sick body can't handle the stress of exercising. The energy that it takes to perform this kind of strenuous activity is too much for your unsettled body. Bending, stretching, and lifting your muscles takes a phenomenal toll on your already stressed systems.

Another contributing factor to this set of circumstances is the fact that with all of the inactivity in your life, you are gaining weight. You don't want to be heavier and the safest way that you know to drop weight is to cut calories and exercise more than you are. Having more bulk on your body means that there will be more weight for you to carry around and lift no matter what type of exercise you do. So, you find yourself in a pickle. You need to exercise to keep yourself in shape but can't do any strenuous exercise or your body reminds you that you are suffering with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome. What is the answer? Find types of exercises that aren't arduous to your ailing body (such as "passive" swimming, yoga, and walking) that don't take an extraordinary amount of energy to do. Walking is the best form of exercise that there is and people have been doing it long before any other sport. It doesn't cause any unnecessary strain on any one area of your body. Strolling doesn't cost anything except for a pair of sneakers. You don't have to have any special equipment or go to a specific place to do it. The only requirement to walking is that you have to motivate to get up and move. Since you are sick with chronic fatigue syndrome, the idea of getting out of bed or off the couch to exert yourself and walk can seem overwhelming. The idea of expending so much energy on walking nowhere appears to be fruitless. This situation is definitely understandable and you should not attempt to walk any distance until you feel strong enough to do it. It is fine to get up and walk around your bed or to the bathroom when you are confined to sleeping for a large portion of your day. However, once you are capable of getting around the house, you should commence some kind of walking program. Your body needs to have some kind of regular movement.

Start by setting a goal of a specific amount of time and/or distance that will designate your intent to walk. You may begin by walking around your home at least twice a day. As you are feeling stronger, you may decide to continue your walking but may add in going up and down the stairs at least once during your walk time. If going up and down the steps takes the wind out of you, just climb a few stairs instead of the entire flight. Over time, you will eventually be able to tackle going up and down the stairs by yourself. You may decide that you don't wish to incorporate the stairs at all and just want to begin walking outside instead. Be cautious before you decide to walk outside after not being in the outdoors on a regular basis. There are many factors to consider in walking outside such as the weather, pollen, molds, smog, degree of sunshine, safety risks, etc. Your body will react in one way or another to these "triggers" and you should prepare yourself for the impact that you will feel.

If you truly think you are ready to walk outside and are ready to attempt it, first look out your window and map out a general area that you want to try to walk within. Don't just head out the front door and start walking. You will find yourself overwhelmed and over exhausted within a few minutes. Moderation is the key. You may start your outside walks by strolling around your house. See how that goes first before you try to walk up and down the street. If you feel strong enough over time to attempt a walk around the block, have a friend follow you in the car in case it is too much for you to do and you become too fatigued to walk home. As you gain strength, you will detect that your walks are getting longer and longer. Time will become your gauge while you walk as compared to the amount of distance that you cover. A pre-designated amount of time during your strongest time during the day is the ideal interval for you to get your daily exercise. Never push yourself while you are walking. If you get tired and can't seem to walk as far today as yesterday, don't be discouraged. Turn around and head back home to rest. If you propel yourself to finish the same distance, you could cause yourself to relapse and end up back in bed for a week which means you worked so hard to accomplish nothing. Don't feel badly if you can't get out to walk every day either. Do the best that you can and feel good in what you accomplish. If you need a reminder, remember how weak and helpless you felt when you were first sick and then look at how much of a walk you did. You should be very proud of yourself for just getting out and taking a walk no matter how short or long!

However, if even walking seems a bit overwhelming, why not try one of the most basic of natural remedies? You only need to have a serene comfortable place to practice your breathing, stretching, and meditation. Your body will naturally desire to reach out for inner tranquility and calmness. The aim of yoga is to balance your mental and physical energies and to coordinate your breathing to coincide with the stretching. There are four parts to yoga-breathing, relaxation, meditation, and poses. A normal routine should last for at least a half-hour and should always begin with breathing. Breathing deeply draws energy and oxygen into your body. Most people breathe very shallow breaths which don't allow the lungs to truly fill up with oxygen. People who suffer with CFS tend to breathe from their chests which means that they are reacting to stress. Yoga breathing teaches you to learn how to breathe from your belly, not your chest. Meditation is the second area of yoga. You need to relax to be able to focus on what is important to you while you suffer with this disease-healing. There can't be any distractions while you are meditating so you will have to turn off the telephone and television. Children and pets shouldn't be in the area that you are planning to meditate in as they also serve to be too much of a diversion. A proper space for you to meditate is essential. You may chose to either sit up or lie down flat on a blanket or mat. Your body must be totally relaxed and the only way it can do this is to "unwind" itself slowly and methodically. You should start at your head and deliberately relax each area of the body as you descend to your toes. Your body will become "heavy". Once you scan your body and are totally relax, you can begin to meditate by focusing on nothing-let your mind just be. If thoughts enter your mind, see them and let them immediately drift away. Try to find a sense of stillness. The last area of yoga is the physical poses. This is the portion of yoga that is actually the most physical where you are actually exercising your body to its maximum potential. There are dozens of poses so you may not be aware of which ones can give you in your particular health situation the best benefits. One caution with this portion of yoga is that some of the poses can cause more of a health risk such as if you suffer from high blood pressure, have a specific condition that affects a particular area of the body, or are pregnant. You should always start out slowly when doing the poses so that you can build up to the more intense ones once you have gained more flexibility. Breathing properly is a major factor in performing the poses correctly. Never push your body to the point of where it hurts-if it's painful, it's doing you no good in the long run. Remember to always "cool down" and relax your body after doing the poses. Some poses that are recommended for CFIDS sufferers are mountain, tree, corpse, knee squeeze, spine twist, seated sun, half boat, alternate nostril breath, butterfly, lion, yawning, and hand exercises for arthritis poses. Other poses could prove to do more damage than good. Even though all of the poses can be self taught, you could sign up for a class to find out more about yoga by connecting up with your local YM/YWCA or a spiritual store in your area.

There are a few tricks that you can do to help yourself be consistent about performing your daily exercise. Set aside a specific amount of time just as if you have an appointment with yourself. You deserve to make this time for you and should be consistent in following through with this commitment. If company comes over during this time, explain that you have to walk or swim and they are welcome to join you but you have no choice but to do it then. Your exercise can't wait until later because you will only have the energy to do it now. Ask a special person in your life to join you while you exercise. It will be nice to have some enjoyable company and this individual can also help you if you become too exhausted while walking or swimming. Sometimes, without even making an effort, this person can be your motivation to trying to walk further or swim longer. If your loved one is taller than you, you will end up walking twice as fast to keep up or swimming further to stay even with him or her in the water. Your CFIDS afflicted body will benefit from you swimming in ocean water versus lake, river, or pool water. Ocean water is comprised of saline which your body needs to produce more blood cells in its consistent dehydration.

Wear a headset and listen to some music while you exercise. The tempo of the music can act as a pace setter for you. You should vary the type of music such as having a few "light" songs and then a slow one so that your body doesn't get really tired. Since finances are a factor while being ill, you can make your own cassette tapes to listen to by taping off of your albums or compact discs. If you don't have a cassette player that can record, ask a friend or relative. Most teens have stereos with this capability on them, so they are your best bet in finding this resource. Create tapes that you will enjoy since you are personalizing them for you by using rock n' roll, classical, country, new age, jazz, alternative, or any kind of music that you love. There are special musical cassettes and compact discs on the market that are specifically geared to be utilized with any kind of exercise for someone who is ill. This music type is under the "New Age" title in your music store. It is composed to sustain a consistent level of relaxation in the body.

If music is not your idea of relaxation, try having someone read your favorite book or poetry into your recorder for you to listen to while you walk. How about sending a friend to the library to borrow a cassette tape of a book if you don't wish to make your own? You may choose to record positive affirmations instead of music, a book, or poetry. Hearing your own voice state uplifting messages in your headset can increase your desire to help yourself get well. You could also opt to go without a headset and just enjoy the many sounds in your environment. The peace and quiet of walking in the woods or strolling up and down the shore line listening to the many sounds can be relaxing and add to the entire positive experience of exercise.            

Common sense is the key to sensible exercise. You will not be able to force yourself to do something that you aren't capable of performing yet. Your activity level will be at different intensities at different times throughout your illness. Don't drive yourself to accomplish something that will force you to have to relapse. You should never exercise to the point of being so fatigued that you have to go back to bed to rest. Pay attention to where you start to feel tired and stop there. You should have a remnant of some energy that hasn't been used in exercising once you have stopped. The idea of exercise is to help, not hinder, your recovery.

Nutritional supplements are another component in any therapy or treatment plan. It is important to note that your body requires all of the essential nutrients to keep itself functioning. The energy that it is taking for your body to keep up the fight against your infection must be maintained or else the viral infestation will invade and overcome every function in your body. There are at least thirteen vitamins and fifteen minerals considered vital for good health. Recommended Dietary Allowances or RDAs were a way to measure how much of the correct vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body healthy. In this day and age, the term daily value is used to determine how much of a specific nutrient is needed to maintain nutrition. Supplements do allow for you to be able to get the key nutrients in your diet that you can't always get in the food you ingest. You should focus on having a balanced diet that will help your body through the vitamin content of your foods. Yet, your body may not receive enough nutrients from your diet to sustain itself properly. Some safe vitamins for you to take while you are ill to supplement your balanced diet are vitamins A, B 6, B12, C, and E. Your body will also need some zinc, folic acid, copper, chromium, and selenium for its mineral needs. Vitamins and minerals are recommended to help aid the strength of your body. However, even though it is a good idea to supply the necessary nutrients to your body, it is not healthy to overdo it. Taking an overabundance of nutritional supplements is only going to do harm. Your body can only absorb what it needs at the time. The excess is stored in your body or rejected through your elimination processes. Overdosing on vitamins and minerals can be like adding poison to your already endangered body. The surplus of the supplements stored in your tissues and organs can intensify and cause direct serious damage to your organs and/or act as a toxin to the organ itself. Since your body is not capable of fighting too many battles within it at once, the supplemental excess ends up doing more damage than if your body was healthy. You should only take what you need for vitamins and minerals. Monitor your body and see how it reacts to the ingestion or injection of the supplements. If it doesn't feel right, then don't take them again. Your body will let you know what it needs when it needs it.

Drug therapies are also another popular treatment plan with most physicians. There is a belief that certain chemicals introduced into your distressed system can help balance out the sensitivity that is happening. These doctors also believe that they should address your individual unbearable symptoms with specific drugs that can alter the sensations that you feel. The key issue to bear in mind when dealing with any type of drugs is to use low doses and regulate your responses to these drugs. Remember that your body is already over sensitized and the introduction of any drugs can cause a severe untried reaction. Remember, don't swap your medicines with anyone. Even if one particular type of medication worked for a friend who is a sufferer, it may act as a toxin for your system. Everyone's body is individualized so what works for you may not be right for another person. Be careful of becoming addicted to the chemicals that your physician may give to you. It doesn't matter if you are taking one to five to ten pills, what makes it addictive is that you have a need to have this medicine in your body. Some of the prescribed medications may inhibit or totally block your negative symptomatic problems for a while. Because you are not agonizing with the aches, pains, or sleeplessness, you may sense that this particular treatment plan is working out great. However, after a short amount of time, you will notice that when you don't take the medicine, you are hurting more than you used to before you began to take the drugs. The solution for you to stop the discomfort is to take more of the medicine. You have become hooked on having the drugs in your system. It is easier to block the aches and pains and to have a little something to fall asleep, but eventually you will have to confront your addiction. Then you won't have just CFS to contend with but also a codependency habit on top of it. Be careful and think before you decide to proceed on a drug therapy plan. Ask your doctor about the addictive qualities of any and all medicines that he or she may wish for you to take. Most physicians who treat chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome with medications inevitably try the same types of drugs. Antidepressants, sedatives, prescription drugs, ulcer medications, and anti-viral medicines are the ones that are used the most. They may also suggest some over the counter medications which address your symptoms of sleeplessness, upset stomach aches, and nausea. For the most part, your primary care physician will more than likely try this kind of treatment plan as the core to helping you get better. However, you should note that even though these medications are helpful for suppressing your symptoms, there are more risks than benefits to attempting this type of therapy or treatment plan. A vast majority of sufferers have decided that masking the symptoms or adding more chemicals to an already changeable, distressed body is not an appropriate choice for a therapy or treatment plan. They may have already experienced taking the medicines and have had more negative reactions than feeling better.

Options that more and more toleraters are exploring consist of a mixture of Eastern practices and alternative medicine. Many have discovered more assistance and flexibility to deciding on a specific, individualized therapy or a treatment plan in utilizing these two types of medicine. The practice of Eastern medicines and philosophies has been around for hundreds of years. Many cultures have practiced the art of natural healing and using the body's own energy to create a healing force within itself. Herbs that are found growing in nature are used as an instigator to motivate the curative powers of your body. These herbs are ingested and introduced into your system at a slower, more relaxed state than chemical medicines. Your body has a chance to adjust itself and isn't overwhelmed and confused by the herb's energizing or calming qualities. There are specific forms that herbs are presented in-dried herbal form, tablets, extracts, tinctures, ointments, creams, and teas. Extracts are stronger than tinctures. Herbal therapies can be dispensed by various health professionals including medical doctors and nurses who are interested in using herbal therapies to supplement their more traditional treatments as well as naturopaths and herbalists. Always remember that just because you are using herbs as a treatment, they are still a type of medicine and shouldn't be considered anything less than that. If you abuse herbs, the end result could be the same as if you overdosed on traditional medicine. Herbal treatments do take longer to work if being used for chronic illnesses such as CFS. Don't jump from remedy to remedy too soon as it could take up to three months before you could see any sort of results.

Deep breathing plays a major role in many of the Eastern medicines and alternative therapies. Your body has to breathe correctly to be able to intake plenty of oxygen which will contribute to building new and healthier blood cells. When your body exhales properly, it can eliminate unhealthy toxins. You can learn how to breathe precisely from your alternative therapist who can teach you the correct way through actual one-on-one instruction in his or her office. As you begin to explore proper deep breathing, you may coincide your therapy with deep relaxation techniques as well. If your body is breathing the way it should be, you will automatically begin to feel more relaxed and loosened up.

Homeopathy is an alternative medicine practice that believes your body can cure itself. The homeopathic physician will interview you at length to hear the entire list of all of your symptoms. She will then review your symptoms, complaints, health history, adjusted life style, and life stresses to compile a profile of sorts to your particular health needs. The philosophy of homeopathy is that "like cures like". She will introduce a small, highly diffused dose of an herbal-based medicine that will cause the identical symptom that the medicine is being used to treat. So, if you are suffering from dizziness, your doctor would have you ingest a medicine that will cause dizziness. This procedure is believed to notify your body to remedy itself. A homeopathic physician believes that she must treat the entire body not just the individual symptoms and that no two people are ever alike in how they respond to a disease and treatment. The reality of poisoning your body with too much of a treatment is very slim because all of the dosages are so diluted that you are getting an iota of the actual medicine in your system. It doesn't take very much of the herbally-based Eastern or homeopathic medicines to be effective in your body.

Chiropractic treatments are considered under this alternative medicine heading. Chiropractic practitioners are doctors who treat the entire body through adjusting and manipulation of your skeletal system. They believe that your skeleton is the base of your overall health condition because all of the body's systems are connected to your skeleton, so the way to aid your body in healing itself is to address this underlying support system.

Reflexology is another type of alternative therapy that focuses on your feet and hands. There are areas on your feet and hands that coincide with particular organs and systems of your body. It is as if there are direct lines of communication running from your hands and feet to every place in your entire body. A reflexologist will rub, massage, and manipulate your hands and feet to be able to calibrate, regulate, and alter malfunctioning specific organs or systems throughout your body. Reflexology can reduce stress in the body which in turn allows the body to return to its natural state of balance called homeostasis.

Another kind of alternative treatment plan is using biofeedback. This type of therapy is largely individualistic. You are the center of your own treatment plan. A temperature meter connected to your hand or finger will measure the physiological changes in your body while you are linked to the meter. You monitor the energy levels and electrical impulses within your own body by observing changes displayed on the machine. Any changes that you sense are turned into a physical reminder that you can see and learn to control. As you learn to relax, perform deep breathing exercises, and use positive visualization from one of the relaxation technicians, you will be able to control your physical and symptomatic responses to any types of stress. There are some treatment plans that require you to wear a headset and listen to a repetitive sound or tone over and over again until you are relaxed and in control of your body. Counseling is also required as part of this type of therapy. However, over time, you may be capable of monitoring your own physiological alterations without the meter and can focus your healing energy on specific areas of your body that need the extra help.

Visualizing specific positive thoughts and affirmations is another kind of therapy that chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers employ. You learn to focus your mind to help heal it and your body. The vitalizing intent of thinking positive and concentrating all of your mental energies towards "seeing" yourself as a healthy individual are the basic premises of using this type of treatment plan. Your mind pinpoints itself into converging all of its power into inducing and convincing your body that it is going to be healthier and stronger. You actually envision your sickness as an entity and then imagine your immune system as another type of being fighting off the illness. This technique is frequently used with terminally ill patients who are undergoing some kind of chemotherapy or radiation treatments and claims to be very successful.

Meditation is a practice that extends itself into many kinds of treatment plans including yoga. The process of meditating involves you focusing on placing your body into a relaxed state while your mind empties itself from all conscious thoughts. The goal of meditation is to have a sense of peace, complete relaxation, and calmness emanate from your entire being. Some people who practice meditation place a specific healing thought into their minds while in a relaxed state to amplify the intent of the idea of the body healing itself. The idea of self-hypnosis is to plant an affirmation or positive thought into the mind so that you will recall this conception subconsciously. Once your mind reacts to the message, you automatically believe and affirm that this suggestion is reality. You are what you want to believe that you are-healthy.

Eastern medicines profess through many of their teachings that a human body has invisible meridian lines that cross over the entire area of it and these lines intersect at specific points which designate and correspond to certain organs and systems within the body. These lines are indicative to the body's health, level of happiness, and practical functionality. Placing small, sharp needles in these special meridian points can alter or adjust the organ or system's behavior pattern. The action of spiraling or twisting these needles in the body is a pain-free process because the doctor knows exactly how to place them in the exact meridian spot. Some physicians also use incense and herbs to accompany their needled treatment. The energy levels in these specific areas increase as there is a release of toxins from the place where the needle is located. Your overall health improves with the consistent treatment of ridding it from unhealthy poisons and negative influences. This specific process is known as acupuncture.

Acupressure is very similar to acupuncture except that there are no needles involved in the procedure. The philosophy is the same as with acupuncture. You put pressure on the meridian points which frees the "blocks" or accumulated tension that you hold in your body. The basic acupressure technique is to use firm pressure. You can use your thumbs, fingers, palms, and/or knuckles. The pressure should be hard enough to feel bearable but not painful. Acupressure points occur in symmetrical pairs on your body and the pressure has to be put on both points at the same time to be effective. The sense of touch can heal!

Aromatherapy is a therapy that involves your sense of smell. Most CFIDS patients complain of an exaggerated sense of smell and odors are intensified so this particular type of treatment may cause more hypersensitivity problems that you don't need. However, if you feel that you would like to try it, aromatherapy uses aromatic plants and their essences to help heal the body through your sense of smell. When a plant has been distilled or squeezed, the essential oil of that plant is captured and is used to stimulate your olfactory system and brain activity. There are six types of oils that are the "basic" types of oils to use: citrus, floral, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree. The oils from these groups can be combined to create many different types of smells. Light can damage the oil so it is recommended that the oil be placed in a tinted glass bottle. The essential oil can be directly rubbed into your skin and are very popular to use in combination with massage therapy. Another way to enjoy the oil's odor is to put it into a diffuser which dispenses the smell by intermixing it with the air within the room.

Hydrotherapy or water therapy is another type of treatment plan that you may wish to try. It is possible that you have already been incorporating this therapy into your life without even realizing it. Do you take showers and baths to ease your muscle and joint aches? Are you soaking your feet to help take down the swelling in them? What about placing a hot or cold compress on your head to alleviate a headache or to help with a sprained muscle? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you are already using hydrotherapy. It incorporates water as a vehicle to helping the body heal itself. Obviously, the most important function that water performs is to cleanse the body and there is no better way to do that than to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Internal cleansing will rid your body of the many toxins that tend to conglomerate in it while suffering with CFS. There are other techniques that can be used in combination with this type of therapy such as sitz baths, inhaling steam, and rubbing the entire body with sea salt or Epsom salt to scrub out any impurities that have sweated themselves out of your body. The latter technique with using salt shouldn't be used if you have exceptionally sensitive skin which is common for sufferers.

There are many different types of therapy or treatment plans that you can try to help yourself get over chronic fatigue syndrome. In reality, none of these particular remedies will cure this illness by themselves. You have to contribute to your own well being by committing all parts of yourself-physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually-to being healthier and happier. No therapy or treatment plan will be successful if you don't believe in yourself, your chosen doctor, and his or her health ideas or proposals. If you can't have faith in what you are doing, you are wasting your precious time and money. The most sensible treatment plan that you can have for yourself is to accept who you are now and allow the illness to be a part of your life. Try to eat balanced meals, drink lots of water, and take vitamin supplements within reason. Your body's natural desire to go to bed late and sleep late must be heeded. Exercise and try to get outdoors for some fresh air regularly. Don't go to bed on a full stomach and relax your body before you retire for the night by doing something enjoyable that isn't exhausting. Listen to your body and it will tell you what it needs. This plan can be incorporated into any other therapy option that you select. Don't ever doubt your own healing energy and use common sense in addressing a therapy or treatment plan. Remember that the true healer of your body is you!