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ME and CFS Recovery

Since the causes and diagnoses of ME and CFS are undetermined, the term 'recovery' can be too general a statement for some - this is why it makes sense for each person to have an individual approach.

So, what we are saying is that a number of factors contributed to your decline in health and therefore those different factors will need to be addressed in order to influence your innate ability to heal. The combination of these factors put significant demand on your bodily systems, activating the sympathetic nervous system and what is commonly known as the Fight or Flight response. This moves your body into a state of survival. If this continues over a prolonged period the immune system is surpressed, reducing your body’s ability to heal.

Given that there are multiple factors contributing to the onset of these conditions, it would make sense that an individual approach is necessary in order to facilitate sustainable results. Addressing the body as a whole and working with the different factors in the correct order can facilitate a return towards normal function of all systems and in turn improved health. 

The Fight or Flight response is part of our stress reaction, so are you saying it’s all to do with addressing stress?

Yes and no. The term stress is more commonly used to describe a bad day or having too much to do at any one time, but usually well within our capabilities to manage. However, the significant demand that has been put on your body far exceeds this - it is the same as comparing the fatigue experienced as part of ME/CFS/FM with being naturally tired - and it can be the result of a physical stress such as a bacteria or virus, in addition to emotional stressors. So, yes we are addressing the stressors you experience on a day to day basis, including the the social and financial implications illness will be having on your life. We are also very importantly addressing the roots of many of the contributing factors which have had significant impact on your stress response and your health.

"Any treatment which reduces the stress response will improve chronic fatigue syndrome and many other conditions"
Professor Leslie J Findley, MD, MRCS, DRCOG, DCH, FRCP Consultant Neurologist with Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust speaking on Radio 4

The Stages of Our Approach

Taking in to account the potential complexity and the individualistic approach required, we have illustrated the different stages Sarah experienced in her journey to ME and CFS recovery as we feel, combined with our professional experience and understanding, it is indicative of You Wellbeing's approach. We outline the stages below:

1. Burnout and Maladaptive Stress stage

This is what might be referred to as the onset of the symptoms and will be experienced in different ways from person to person. An imbalance has often been created over time, initially undetected, or addressed only by short term measures or remedies.

2. Stabilisation Stage

This is an important stage where Sarah started to move towards a greater understanding.  This shows how you can start to form the foundations for further improvement through effective techniques. The use of our Quartz process is key at this point.

3. Core-Work Stage

By this time, Sarah had become sufficiently stabilised for deeper healing and signs of recovery to take place. Continued use of tools that now form the basis of the Quartz process - and other complementary approaches where required - started to underpin her sustainable ME and CFS recovery; the complexity and duration of which varies from person to person. 

4. Reintegration Stage

Sarah gained a clear understanding of this stage, so that she could effectively manage and build upon all the progress made in the Core-Work stage. Continuing on with treatment approaches previously learnt, together with appropriate coaching, optimised her ability to stay on track with recovery.

 

For more detail regarding our approach click here

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