Chronic Fatigue /ME, Long Covid & Fibromyalgia Recovery

It is not an understatement to say that we are suffering an epidemic of chronic illness in the health service1. This may manifest as depression, chronic back or shoulder pain or, at its worst it can develop into Chronic Fatigue Related Syndromes such as Long Covid, Fibromyalgia or ME. If you have a diagnosis of these (or even if you have no definitive diagnosis), it can seem like your world has collapsed. Indeed, if you have researched on the internet you will read how nobody knows how to cure it or it is a ‘lifelong condition’ that you must manage it with drugs and surgery with little hope of a cure unless that ‘magic bullet’ treatment comes along. I’m here to tell you that’s not true. I had chronic fatigue and depression in my 30’s and I am fully recovered now.

It took me many years and a lot of money to discover the true causes and the truth was not an easy one. Firstly, there is no one ’cause’. There is no ‘one size fits all’ with such complex, multi-factorial disease. The reason modern medicine hasn’t solved it yet is because it is only looking at the symptoms and regarding them as the issue without looking to the real root causes. Because of the way that the medical profession divides up into specialties means that they each have their own ‘part’ of the body that they look at and there is little understanding of how it all fits together as a system. Hence you will be sent from specialist to specialist with little overall view of what is going on and little consensus between specialists.

You need to understand what is contributing to your illness (current environment + predispositions):

  • inflammatory diet (stress from high processed carbohydrates)
  • personality type  (Type A’s and/or people-pleasing)
  • history of trauma/unresolved emotions (either childhood/ adult)
  • psychological drivers (perfectionism and hyper-responsibility)
  • hormonal dysregulation (adrenals and thyroid)
  • heavy metal toxicity such as dental amalgam2.

The real causes then are a combination of nutritional depletion, stress and toxicity. This is regarded as a ‘systems biology’ or bio-psycho-social view of Mindbody Medicine which I’ve discussed in detail here.

I have trained extensively in this and have become a specialist in Chronic Fatigue-Related Syndromes and now as a specialist Chrysalis Effect Practitioner.

The Chrysalis Effect Online Recovery Programme

Until I came across the Chrysalis Effect programme I had no idea there was an online, NHS trialled holistic programme for recovery, written by people who have recovered themselves. It is a 9 month programme with audio/video content, expert interviews, exercises and an online forum for fellow recoverers. You are no longer alone but in a community of like-minded people whose aim is recovery not ‘managing the disease’ or focussing on a miracle ‘cure’. It has a free, no-obligation one month trial. Sign up here.

As a fully-qualified Chrysalis Effect Practitioner I support you every step of the way through the programme. I recommend monthly coaching sessions to support you, with a series of affordable packages to suit most budgets. We recommend monthly support as, having the programme individually tailored to you increases the speed of recovery and gets better results. However, this is your choice.

This is a team-based approach where I will refer you to one of my colleagues if you need nutritional therapy for instance. So, there is no longer any need to ‘practitioner hop’ from one to another seeking answers.  See my About page for details of my credentials and contact me for an appointment – remember I offer a free no-obligation phone call to discuss your issues and whether I’m the right therapist for you.

*Subsequent sessions are an hour @ £125 each. Easy payment terms are available. See my package of care for details.

All things start with small steps. Your journey to health is one of them.

1 The Hidden Psychology of Pain: The Use of Understanding to Heal Chronic Pain by Dr. James Alexander

2 The Natural Recovery Programme by Dr Alison Adams

3 The Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert

4 Your Body speaks your Mind by Deb Shapiro

5 The Mindbody Prescription by Dr John Sarno