LIFE & HEALTH CHALLENGES
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness characterised by extreme fatigue or tiredness, sleep abnormalities, pain and other symptoms that are made worse by exertion, that doesn’t go away with rest and can’t be explained by an underlying medical condition. It is also known as myalgic encephalitis (ME). Even if a chronic illness isn’t curable, there’s much that people can do to improve their overall health and sense of wellbeing.
Living with a chronic health condition profoundly impacts our quality of life and our ability to participate fully in our relationships and life activities in general. It’s normal to feel sad, angry, helpless or worried about the future as there may be unexpected challenges, including family and relationship issues, alterations in body image and fluctuating energy levels, that also impact on our sense of self.
We can’t always change the outcome of a disease, but we can change the way in which we experience that outcome, and there’s much we can do to improve our health and create an environment for profound healing.
What are the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
- Sore throat, tender lymph nodes and a flu-like symptoms
- Disrupted sleep
- Aches or pains in the muscles, joints or head
- Problems with thinking, concentrating, memory loss, vision, clumsiness, muscle twitching or tingling
- A decrease in blood pressure or dizziness
- An increased heart rate or shortness of breath with exertion or on standing
- An upset stomach – nausea, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea
- Fluctuations in weight
How to deal with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Discussing all aspects of the disease and treatment with doctors and specialists is essential so you can work out a way to manage your symptoms and find out what works best for you. Consider consulting with an integrative or lifestyle medicine practitioner who can assist you with a holistic approach to managing your symptoms and/or recovery.
You’ll benefit by learning how to:
- Live with the physical effects of the illness
- Minimise side-effects from treatments
- Make sure there is clear communication with doctors
- Maintain emotional balance to cope with negative feelings
- Gain deep restful sleep
- Maintain confidence and positive sense-of-self.
- Speak with your GP or other trusted and qualified health professional.
- For crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment. It can take time to discover the best treatment for each person, so it’s best to work closely with your (holistic) GP or other trusted and qualified health professional to find what works for you.
In addition, complementary treatments are now widely acknowledged as being integral to a person’s healing regimen. When we actively engage in a fulfilling life and take care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, we create the ideal physiology in which our health can be regained or improved.
Factors that contribute to a positive healing outcome
Many factors contribute to a positive healing outcome for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These factors can help you begin or continue your journey of recovery:
- Addressing physical as well as the emotional distress, isolation and frustration that may accompany a chronic illness
- Improving exercise and sleep levels along with other healthy lifestyle practices
- Guidance in managing the emotional rollercoaster of exhaustion, frustration and isolation
- Improving your nutrition and ability to manage stress as both these impact considerably on your microbiome (gut bacteria) which is the foundation of your immune system
- Meditation and living mindfully can stimulate your immune system to function optimally
- Rest and patience are essential components of management of CFS
- Keys to improving the quality of your sleep
- Meditation practices
- The Four Cs – Keys to peace of mind and resilience
Some of Petrea King’s podcasts may be helpful and can be found on our Podcast page:
- Dealing with a difficult diagnosis
- Relax better and reduce stress using mindfulness
- Eating well in times of stress
- Talking Lifestyle Radio: Petrea’s life and Quest’s approach to healing
- Anxiety: What helps me most, by Petrea King
- Magic happens at Quest, says Merilyn
- Ways to prioritise your mental health
- The upside and downside of perfectionism
- Avoiding Burnout: Are You Just Limping to the Finish Line?
How Quest for Life can help
While medical teams focus on eradicating disease, Quest for Life’s focus is on empowering people to heal. Quest can help through our residential programs, online courses, and workplace workshops.
- Our 5-day residential Quest for Life program nourishes, educates and supports you to adopt a healthy lifestyle which creates an environment for profound healing. You’ll learn about the factors that contribute to a positive healing outcome.
Online courses: Befriending Anxiety, Beyond Burnout and Healing Sleep
Our Self-Paced On-Demand Online Courses – Befriending Anxiety; Beyond Burnout and Healing Sleep – are delivered over 4 video modules and provide practical, positive and easy-to-follow guidance and advice. They encourage and help you to identify and implement strategies to build your resilience, and to incorporate these into your own personal plan for each course.
Befriending Anxiety, Beyond Burnout and Healing Sleep courses cost $99 each (or $250 for all 3) and include:
- 4 self-paced Video Modules
- Integrated workbook with reflective questions
- Personal Plan template and guide
- Additional resources – research and links
- Downloadable meditation MP3s
Quest for Life knows how to help: our internal research results show that participants feel better after attending a program and that this improvement increases over time.
Quest for Life is a registered NDIS Provider of NDIS Services. Our Residential Programs can be funded by the NDIS for NDIS Participants with disability including Parkinson’s Disease.
Please call the Quest Programs team on 1300 941 488 or complete the contact form at the bottom of this page. The Programs Team will assist you to decide which program to attend and provide you with information regarding costs and how to use your plan to access our services. Quest can communicate with your plan manager and support coordinator and assist you in the booking process.
At Quest we recognise that many people being treated for chronic illness may have chemical sensitivities. No chemicals are used in the grounds or buildings at Quest to ensure a safe and healthy environment for people with life-threatening illnesses.
Quest for Life knows how to help: our internal research results show that participants feel better after attending a program and that this improvement increases over time. On our programs, you’ll be nourished, educated and supported to create an environment for profound healing.
If you’re living with Chronic fatigue syndrome, fill in the Contact Form below and one of our Program Advisors will be in touch to answer your questions or to ascertain the most appropriate program for your needs.
“This was exactly what I needed – exactly when I needed it. Leaving feeling renewed, refreshed, with greater hope, confidence and excitement for the future with wonderful and practical tools.”– Tim
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