Hi to everyone. I'm new to this but wanted to share a little of my experience with CFS. I got CFS two years ago. I ran a marathon and a week later couldn't get out of bed. I'm a very active person and went absolutely nuts not being able to do what I wanted and not being able to keep up my level of activity. I became very good at giving myself relapse's. As soon as I'd have a good day I'd over do it with exercise and be back in bed the next day (I'm sure most of you can relate to that).
After progressively getting worse this past summer (due to a stressfull event), a friend mentioned to me that he felt there must be some type of dysfunction in the mitochondria. I didn't have a clue what he was talking about, so I looked up CFS and mitochondria on the internet. I found a ton of information along with a forum similar to this with people talking about The Sinatra Solution. It's a book written by Dr. Stephen Sinatra. I bought the book and read it in two days, it's the best money I've ever spent in my life!! He gives a list of supplements to take for FM and CFS. I started taking them and in less than a week was back to myself. I've been taking...Co enzyme Q10, D-Ribose (my miracle supplement), Magnesium, along with my multivitamin (I don't take the niacin that he recommends). I call this combination my miracle cure.
The first week of taking it I started running 3 miles a day. Four weeks later I'm up to running 6 miles a day, hiking for two to three hours on the weekends, lifing weights 5 days a week and I'm back to work. I do go to bed early, and I started taking melatonin to help me sleep. I'm also in peri-menopause so not sleeping isn't just from CFS.
I don't know if this will help anyone else, and I'm not trying to "sell" anything, I just know what it's done for me. I would suggest reading "The Sinatra Solution" to anyone with CFS or FM.
I have to say....I'm still scared of it, because I feel like it's too good to be true, so I'm trying hard to keep my exercising under control and not over do it. I did run 10 miles one Sunday morning, because I felt so good, and had a very mild relapse the following week. I increased the dosage of ribose the following Monday and other than feeling some symptoms mildly and not running for two days I got over it in less than a week.
Good luck to everyone. Again, I'm not trying to "sell" anything...this is something that worked for me (after trying many different things) and I want to share the information to hopfully help someone else, even if it's just one person.