final sick and tired

Have you ever been tired?

Like really tired?

So tired it’s hard to get out of bed?

So tired that getting through the day is almost more than you can manage?

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Back in November of 1992, I got the flu. At least, I thought it was the flu. On top of the usual flu-like symptoms, I had a deep fatigue.

At first, I thought the fatigue was part of the flu package. But after the rest of the symptoms wore off, I still had the fatigue.

A month went by and it still wasn’t going away, so I went to the doctor. Multiple visits and tests later, the verdict was in.

I had the Epstein Barr virus, aka Chronic Fatigue Symptom.

I couldn’t believe it.

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Well, I could believe it – because I was exhausted all the time and had to sleep twelve hours a night to function.

But I couldn’t believe this yucky disease had come to live in my body.


Given that I’m a woo-woo chick, I tried lots of woo-woo things.

Acupressure, Acupuncture, Vitamin B12 shots, Candida diet, Alexander technique, Focusing, Shamanism.

At the time, I was in a Masters program in Spiritual Psychology, so I was also in both group and individual counseling.

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None of this work, inner and outer, managed to budge the fatigue from my body.

I wasn’t able to exercise. I had to rest all the time. I had hot flashes and night sweats. My thinking was fuzzy. I gained thirty pounds.

It wasn’t fun.

Finally, after two years, I had an idea.

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Several years before this, I had used the works of John Sarno to heal my chronic back pain.

Although Sarno had yet to publicly state that his technique would work with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I decided it would.

After all, his technique works with about eighty percent of the syndromes that drive people to the doctor: headaches, gastrointestial issues, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, allergies, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and more.

Also, Sarno’s technique is often a perfect match for those ailments that baffle the medical establishment, particularly those that have genuine physical symptoms but a mysterious physical cause.

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So I dove in, just as I had with my back pain.

And, just as with my back pain, after a few months, my physical symptoms disappeared.

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After two years of being unable to make it through the day without having to lie down frequently to rest, being unable to exercise, unable to focus – I was back to my old self.

I had energy. I was able to think clearly. I was able to get through the day with strength and vitality.

I got my life back.

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Several years after this experience, Sarno published another book in which he confirmed what I already knew: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome could be healed using his techniques.

For those of you who want to know more specifics about the technique itself, you can find them in this POST about my experience with back pain.

Bottom line:

There’s not a lot involved. The cure mostly consists of reading his work.

And being willing to change your mind about everything you’ve been told about your disease.

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For those with neck, back or shoulder pain, I’d recommend his book Healing Back Pain.

For those with chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, I’d recommend his book The Divided Mind.

As I mentioned above, there are a host of other ailments that Sarno’s work can cure. They are too many to list here, but if you think you might be a candidate for healing using his techniques, by all means, check it out.

I often say that Sarno saved my life.

Actually, he saved it twice – once from chronic back pain, and then again from chronic fatigue.

Also, thanks to his work, Melissa and I are able to regularly heal a host of other issues that crop up, nipping them in the bud before they turn into chronic problems.

Like I said, the key to approaching Sarno’s work is having an open mind.

Without it, his technique won’t work.

But if you do keep an open mind, you can be healed for life.

Pretty good deal, if you ask me!

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Any other Sarno fans out there? Or would-be/could-be-Sarno-fans? Share your comments below!

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