I have been suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the past 3 years and I really wish that everyone that suffers from the same thing could be offered this on the NHS, rather than being abandoned or prescribed antidepressants for the rest of their lives. I hope that this message will inspire any fellow suffers to make contact with Will, If you do I am sure it will help you regain those bits of you that you thought were lost forever.
Ben, Structural Engineer, Sussex
What exactly is chronic fatigue syndrome?
Our experience is that the medical world invariably seems confounded as how to diagnose and categorise this condition. But whatever its underlying cause, it is very real, and very challenging for anyone who has it.
Whether it’s myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), the condition affects our functional capabilities more than almost all other disorders.
Sometimes it appears to be a post-viral condition, sometimes it is intimately linked with stress, and sometimes to an immune disorder. We even think there’s a case to be said for it sometimes being a derivative of metabolic syndrome.
The lack of a clear diagnosis or obvious solution only adds to the psychological burden of it, especially as your support network often seems as dumbfounded as your doctors. An effective treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome too often seems out of reach.
Vedic meditation as a treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome
The stress relieving properties of Vedic meditation as a treatment for chronic fatigue / ME / CFS clearly make a big difference, and the energy boost we obtain from every meditation session allows us to be much more functional.
It enhances the immune system and begins to correct any imbalances we may have. This could well be a factor in helping us to overcome the condition. It also brings balance to our hormones levels and raises endorphine production, so we feel less overwhelmed by everyday challenges.
Also, while we are recovering it gives us something really positive to do and provides an outlet for growth in our lives, which will bring so much joy even during periods of low energy.
Our physical capabilities may be limited, but there is a world of unbounded expression that awaits us.
As a result there is far less frustration and anger with ourselves and the world, and we can appreciate its beauty and its subtle layers of intricacy.
I employ many approaches to help with my CFS, but meditation is the one thing that has a measurable positive effect on my wellbeing.
Sadie, mother, Sussex