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littlesue
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Date Joined Mar 2004
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   Posted 3/25/2004 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone!

Has anyone had promising results from an alternative doc.?

I have been searching for over 2 years to find answers to the puzzling CFS dilemna. My case started with a severe virus in Jan. of 2002 and it has become increasingly worse. I've exhausted all measures with my primary care physician and I'm currently looking into alternative doctors. There is so much contradictory information over the internet and I want to make wise choices (time-wise and financial) before dishing out $1000,'s of dollars on an alternative doc. Has anyone had good results from an alternative doc.? I've been reading that most alternative docs try patients on different diets, vitamins etc... which I've already tried myself. I would really like to find a good doc. who has proven success in treating CFS patients. Does anyone have referrals? I'm in Atlanta, Ga., but willing to travel.

A few more questions:

Has anyone tried the co-enzyme NADH?
Has anyone tried mega-doses of the B vitamins? I'd like to know if either of these help.

Here's a sampling of what I've already tried, in hopes that it may help some of you out there.
Accupuncture: No long term results but it did improve my sleep over the short term.
Astragalus (herb in liquid form) This herb is supposed to boost immune function, I've been on it for 3 weeks and have seen a slight improvement. Fewer sore throats.
Co-Enzyme Q10 (in gel-cap form) This has been helpful in decreasing my heart palpitations due to anxiety, stress etc...
Licorice Tea: I personally did not find this helpful at all. I've heard it helps many people with fatigue but I just felt dizzy and groggy after drinking it for a few days.
Borage Oil/Flax Seed Oil: I also started this 3 weeks ago and I'm waiting to see if this helps. ?
Praying: Very helpful in finding peace and hope!!!

I know this is a long post but I just want to find answers! Any info would be appreciated.


Thank you

Sue

bright
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Date Joined Mar 2004
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 3/25/2004 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue
I see an alternative doctor for chemical poisioning, toxins that are picked up from spraying plants/grass (usually the council contracts people to do it right outside your house). I take homeopathic remedies and this helps reduce chronic muscle pain and headaches. It does not cure my CFS, it just helps the journey. I hope this helps.
brightbundle

Brynn
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Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 1663
   Posted 3/27/2004 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi littlesue,
Welcome to HealingWell and the CFS message board!  I'm sorry to hear about your illness, but glad to meet you.  We are united by this illness, and I believe can derive great benefits by supporting each other.

I've tried more alternative treatments than I can count, but unfortunately none helped very much.  After I was first diagnosed (10 years ago), I was distrustful of the medical community, and sought out alternative treatments.  Besides, my Dr at that time wouldn't do anything but prescribe antidepressants anyway.  Gosh--acupuncture, shiatsu, other massage, vitamins and supplements, herbal treatments, lots and lots of herbal treatments, psychic healing, native American "medicine wheel" healing, crystal and other mineral "rocks" healing,  Bach flower remedies, all kinds of diets-low fat, high protein, vegetarian, high unsaturated fatty acids diet, to name just a few, chiropractic, osteopathic, bunch of different spiritual practices, psychotherapy, art therapy, music therapy, lots of support groups, and who knows what I'm forgetting, I've done so many things....

So I've become very bitter, towards Drs for not treating me, and towards alternative treatments for not working.  In my opinion, alternative treatments are most effective when used along with medical treatments, together.  I never found an alternative treatment that lasted longer than 3 days, by itself.  Very many people say they are helped by alternative practitioners, yet I've never known or heard of anyone being healed by them.  And of course one may point out that no one has ever been healed of CFS.  But what I point out is that is what many alternative pracatitioners take to the bank.

I'm sorry I have such a dim view of alternative treatments and practitioners.  But I do emphasize that it is MY opinion, and as I do now, will always encourage others to develop their own opinions.  I'm afraid, though, that the closer you look at alternatives, the more questions you will have.  Although you may well find people replying to this message with referrals to pracatitioners who "are wonderful", there is no one, easy answer for everyone.

I do have an option to offer, which I feel good about suggesting.  MDs and DOs who also practice alternatives.  I think this very small corner of medicine, which is not officially a specialty, may well be on the way to becoming a respected specialty.  It is called by a few different names, but the one used most often is CAM Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  You will also see it called Integrative Medicine (integrating different practices).  These are classically trained Drs (MDs and DOs) who have also educated themselves in the practice of Alternative treatments.  Here are some links to organizations that appear to me to hold in high regard, both medicine and alternatives:
On one of them, I think one can search for clinics and/or practitioners throughout the country.
 
I hope your search is productive, no matter where you ultimately search.  And most of all, I hope you can find some treatments that help you to feel better.  Good luck!

brynn,  Moderator for Chronic Pain forums
            and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome forums

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