Today I went for my blood test. I had 9 vial of blood taken. I'm kinda chuffed abt that. Last month, there were 13 vials taken. Maybe that means they're honing in on something?
I've tried various kinds of medicines over the years - anti-depressants, anti-migraine pills, anti-epilepsy pills. I've tried allopathy, homeopathy, ayurveda, acupuncture, herbal supplements, vitamins, minerals you name it. And I know that this is the case with almost all CFS patients.
But last month I tried something new. I went to the Holtorf Medical Group, which specialises in fatigue syndromes. The founder Dr. Kent Holtorf suffered from CFS himself. He has now opened a center for "natural, prescription Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, Complex Endocrine Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Infectious Diseases, Fatigue Syndromes and Neurological Illnesses".
It's just been over a month since I started treatment at the Holtorf center and over the years I have learnt not to get too excited about a possible treatment for my CFS, but I have to admit, I am "cautiously optimistic" about this.
Some of the reasons for my optimism are as follows:
I have been tested for hypo-thyroidism time and time again, but I was only tested for T4, and never for reverse T3. Holtorf prescribed a number of tests for me, which, in 7 years, had not been tested by any of the doctors (endocronologists, neurologists, GPs, gastroentologists) that I had visited. And some of these tests, including the reverse T3, are positive.
I know it sounds kind of whacky, but any CFS patient will understand why I whooped for joy on learning that some of the test results were positive. This was the first time I had physical proof that something was actually wrong with me! It wasn't "all in my mind"!
I don't think that the mild hypothyroidism or the other deficiencies they found are responsible for my CFS in it's entirety. However, I do believe that curing these will help my overall health and energy levels.
Till now, I couldn'y fight my illness because I didn't know what to fight. All the causes seemed invisible. But now that I have somthing to focus on, well, just let me at it!
P.S - In case youre wondering, I got all the tests and medicines given to me by Holtorf, double-checked by my GP as well as another doctor. Both doctors agreed that the diagnosis and treatment seemed correct & logical.