After 8 years of 'doctor-shopping' and trying way too many things that didn't work, I was a little hesitant to buy yet another book. But I'm not sorry I added it to my next Amazon order!
I recognized an awful lot in the author's story. Which in general is to be expected, but to me the specifics really stood out (could have been my medical record, minus the pregnancy.)
The book is the author's story, mixed in with an 8 step protocol (and a good explanation of why to follow it) with which she made a full recovery. Something to really look forward to!
This are the steps, obviously explained in detail in the book:
1. Understand your version of CFS.
-- Keep a daily short log of activities/rest periods, sleep, symptoms, meds
2. Find a doctor who will work with you.
3. Break the cycle of fatigue
-- Strict rule: Sleep at least 10 hours a night! And apparently after a few months of keeping a log you will notice a pattern, and know what is `too much' - that way you can avoid the `major crash after'.
4. Build a support network
5. Be sick! Be a patient!
-- aka: ignore what others think of you and don't feel guilty for taking care of yourself.
6. Fuel your wellness
-- General health info, with the addition of vitamin/supplement recommendations
7. Maintain an optimal blood pressure.
-- Mine, like the authors, turned out to be constantly low (105/65) -> fixable!
8. Manage your stages of recovery.
I wish there was one extra part explaining a little more about 'finding the pattern' for step 3. (Just an example of hers would be good).
I guess I'll figure it out in a few months, or let someone more awake look at it.
I've been following the steps for only a week now, but I hope to report results in a few months (will be in the comments).
Four stars for now, for a clear and easy-to-read book.
Might change to five - I certainly hope so.