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Date Joined Oct 2003
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   Posted 2/26/2004 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
After about 6 months of batteling chronic fatigue and having doctor after doctor tell my husband that there was nothing they could do for him, we were referred to a nurse practitioner who specializes in chronic fatigue.  She gave him the most through exam that he had had in a while and told him "We can fix you."  (I think that having a positive attitude is half the battle) Hearing that really lifted his spirits.  She put him on  about 9 different herbs and vitamins and said that she would gradually wean him down after a while and also restricted his diet (even more than it had been - I didn't think that this was possible) for the first 3 months. She also told him that he needed to get more exercise (he is not overweight - Before his crohn's hit in June '03 he was 160, now after surgery, he is 130) 
   Yesterday was his first full day on the new protocal.  He was already starting to feel better and I could tell a huge difference!  He only took a 2 hr nap in the afternoon instead of sleeping all day.  As he puts it "I felt like (at supper time) it was about 6 at night after a full day of work" - compared to "I feel like it's about 3 in the morning at 6 pm and no work."  God does answer prayers - in his own time, the best time.  Hang in there and pray a lot. He WILL hear you! Hang in there!

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 2/29/2004 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Gee, that's GREAT news PKlem!
Welcome to HealingWell and the CFS message board!
And please pass my congrats along to your husband. I don't mean to "rain on your parade", but just want to mention that it probably won't be steady improvement. Just like when we were healthy, we had bad days, and better days, terrible and great, etc. If I might make a suggestion, try to recognize that this will always be the pattern, don't get too disappointed when he has a bad day, or even a minor setback. What you will notice, as he improves, is that the good days are always a little better than the last good day; and that the bad days are not quite as bad as the last bad day. If that makes any sense!

Thanks again for sharing this, it does give us all hope! And sometimes, that's all it takes to get through a bad day. I hope this good fortune continues for your husband and that he will be able to resume some semblance of his old self before much longer. Take care.
brynn,  Moderator for Chronic Pain forums
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