Weeks 9 and 10 of LDN (2.5-3.0ml) – Zombies

I’m pleased to say that the LDN is once again improving my symptoms. I feel I’m back on track with this medicine, both my ME and Fibromyalgia are a bit more under control, and I can do so much more. After my setback a few weeks ago, I was nervous that maybe the effectiveness of…

The Biopsychosocial Model of Self-Aggrandising Psychologists

I’ve been promising a post about what’s called the “biopsychosocial model” being used to diagnose and “treat” ME/CFS, and this is it. It’s a ranty one, so strap yourself in. For those of you who don’t know, the biopsychosocial model is a medical approach found mainly in psychology departments, that attributes disease symptoms to the…

Weeks 6 and 7 of LDN (2.0-2.5ml) – Life on Dial-Up

Frustratingly, this has not been a good couple of weeks.  After great progress with LDN for the first five weeks, where my energy levels had increased to the point I was walking for short spells (and importantly I was enjoying walking); my strength and stamina had increased; and my immune-system problems like eczema and asthma…

Inspirational People: Dr Sarah Myhill

Today I would like to continue my theme of acknowledging inspirational people. These blog items are to celebrate some of the people I have discovered online, in print or in person, who have motivated me to take control of my health, my life and my independence. These are people who have instilled in me a…

Who Are You? And the Joy of Doing Nothing

Today I want to write about doing. It’s an overused phrase that we should be human beings not human doings, but nothing slams that home with a slap in the chops, quite like sudden-onset chronic illness. Before I became ill, I was busy. I mean really busy. I worked long full-time hours as the Chief…

Week 5 of LDN (1.5ml) – Mucky Paws

It seems I have to make an apology to the funky pink liquid that is Low Dose Naltrexone. My assumptions last week that improvements caused by LDN had plateaued out were unfounded and I should be more grateful to the medicine than I have been. You see, during week four the numbers printed on the…

Week 4 of LDN (1.0ml) – Hounds and Vampires

I’m now in the fourth week of taking LDN (for anyone visiting my blog for the first time, LDN stands for Low Dose Naltrexone and it’s a medicine that is used to help people with autoimmune diseases and related illnesses like ME and Fibromyalgia. There’s lots more information about LDN and how to obtain it…

The Retox Diet

There was an interesting conversation going on in a Facebook group recently which got me thinking. Someone pointed out that people they know with painful arthritis won’t try certain dietary changes medically proven to reduce inflammation and to help pain, because they like sweets and cakes too much. I’m interested in what the wider chronic…

Week 3 of LDN (1.0ml) – some improvements

I’m three weeks into treatment now. I hadn’t expected to be giving an update again so soon as I’m only a few days into my increased dose. I’ve been noticing some slight improvements in my ME, Fibro and other chronic symptoms which I can’t attribute to anything else, so fingers crossed it’s the LDN. Firstly…

Weeks 1 and 2 of LDN (0.5ml) – possible side effects

I’ve been taking LDN for just two weeks now. It has been prescribed in liquid form with a syringe to fill that I then squirt into my mouth. This way of taking it plus the liquid needing to be kept in the fridge adds a level of faff to taking the medicine especially on my…

Obtaining Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

If you’ve read my previous blog post you’ll know that I’ve decided a medicine called LDN is worth a try to help gradually alleviate my ME and Fibromyalgia symptoms. Obtaining it though, required a lot of detective work. The first thing I needed to do was to wean myself off Tramadol because LDN isn’t compatible with…