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  •  Lucky for us, here in PA, (12+ / 0-)

    the high today was only 76º, and we spent it splitting wood for next winter's heat.

    As a CFIDS survivor, it's not hard to push and pull the lever of the rented splitter, while my husband hefts the logs, but I feel so inept and weak, not being able to pull my share of the job, heaving the logs into the trailer. Just standing all day, breathing in the gasoline fumes brings back the dizziness and lala of the acute phase of CFIDS, from 20 years ago. I've generally avoided petro- and synthetic chemicals as much as possible, but it's unavoidable when running a log splitter.
    The biggest improvement for me has been diet: we grow most of our own food, eschewing commercial food other than mustard, worcestershire, balsamic, and similar flavor stuff for our vegetables, plus organic brown rice, barley, quinoa and wheat. It's amazing how my energy and mood have stabilized with this diet.
    Stranded Wind:

    Yes, yes, to massage therapy for rotator cuff injury. I busted both of mine one evening throwing a ball for my dogs, one right after the other. My doctor referred me to an orthopedist, for which there was a two month wait for the appointment (heh: is this any better than Canada or UK?). In the mean time I decided to go to a masseuse, and the improvement from weekly massage was enough that I cancelled the orthopedist appointment...and after six months of weekly massage therapy I had regained full motion of my shoulders: I can wash and dry my back again. But I still can't only throw the ball for the dogs underarm or sidearm, not as much of a loss as not being able to scratch a back itch. And I avoided surgery and massive doctor bills. The massage is only $45 each, and my masseuse is fun to converse with as well.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the various medicines, therapies and OTC stuff from the health food store. SAM-e is one we'll be trying for our chronic lower back pain, an unavoidable consequence of massive gardening.

    •  Boy, do I know DIZZY (12+ / 0-)

      Turns out mine's due to how Lyme disease has cause inflammation in my central nervous system.  I was told for many years this was due to 'depression' since no one recognized the symptoms.

      I have had my own toxic exposures, as well.

      I never in the world would have imagined that this city girl could have been exposed to Lyme - was shocked to discover that's what I've got.  

      But I am finally getting treatment now what we know it's a bacterial infection causing my fatigue and dizziness and brain fog and other stuff.  So, Lyme caused what eventually got called CFIDS before my Lyme test (it was the CFIDS specialist who thought it was Lyme and tested me, thank goodness).

      Torture: An act... specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon another person within his custody or physical control.

      by MsGrin on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 05:04:03 PM PDT

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      •  When did you finally get diagnosis? (6+ / 0-)

        We talked about this, I think, and I recall it was not so long ago. You said you were on ... doxy? And still having cyclical troubles /w Herxheimer?

        "Not dead ... yet. Still have ... things to do." -Liet Kynes

        by Stranded Wind on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 06:09:18 PM PDT

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        •  March (7+ / 0-)

          Yeah, bad herxing about 3 weeks ago - one of the worst yet.  I know you were saying you thought that shouldn't continue...

          Am actually hoping that having started Cholestyramine (for other toxin removal) may help clear out the dead critters and lessen the herxing.  My understanding was that herxing means stuff is still being killed off.

          Torture: An act... specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon another person within his custody or physical control.

          by MsGrin on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 06:11:35 PM PDT

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