Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, ME)

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*UPDATE* – 2/10/14 | We now know what was causing my CFS, anxiety, and brain fog. My GI panel showed severe candida yeast overgrowth, which I am now treating. Watch my videos on candida yeast to see what I’m doing about it.

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My name is PJ, I’m 24, and I’ve been struggling with severe acne, social anxiety and depression for ten years (since I was 14). Over the past year I decided to take my health seriously, because I could not live in pain any longer. I found out in Aug. 2013 that I have low testosterone (80 year old man level), low thyroid, food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, scoliosis, and low vitamin D. I found out in Feb. 2014 that I have a bad Candida yeast overgrowth, which is the main cause of everything else. I am applying the functional medicine approach to heal and balance my body’s systems. I’m documenting my journey here and on youtube.

But that’s the short story. Want to know my full story?:

As a kid I was always quite shy, anxious, and cautions of people. I had a good childhood though, and this didn’t take over my life until puberty. In high school I started to get acne and increased social anxiety. It started mild, but got worse. I was covered in cystic acne by age 16. Being a shy person to begin with, this pushed me into isolation. I was extremely fearful of social situations and talking to people. People noticing my existence made my heart rate skyrocket. I was put on antidepressants and various acne medications (antibiotics, Proactive, retin-a). Nothing helped. Nothing actually got to the root of what was causing my symptoms. I tried my best to function and got through school while working a part time job. After school I continued to work random jobs, and my symptoms continued.

My anxiety and depression continued to get worse. My only option was to get better. I was either going to get better, keep suffering, or kill myself. I chose to get better. In November 2012 I started trying to heal my body naturally and holistically on my own through diet, supplements, and exercise. I was motivated by other people who cleared their skin this way. I stopped eating all processed foods and cut out the common food allergies. By December I added raw vegan to that list, and was only eating green smoothies. I switched my skin care routine to honey and natural oils. I started taking tons of supplements. February came and my skin only got a little better. I had lost 15 pounds (from 156 to 140). Not good since I am 6’3″ and 156 is underweight to begin with.

At this point I knew I needed professional help, but I went to the wrong person. This mistake wasted a lot of time and money, which added to my suffering. I decided to go to a naturopathic doctor, which is exactly what I needed, but I went to one who didn’t practice functional medicine. He wanted to guess and experiment with me rather than run tests to find out what was truly wrong. So I spent a the next 6 months of my life mostly paleo, and using supplements he thought might work. My skin got a little bit better. I was still getting cystic acne, just not as much. I still felt really terrible.

That brings me to August 2013 when I saw a new naturopathic doctor. But this doctor was different in that he practices functional medicine. I got a bunch of tests done which revealed candida yeast overgrowth, 20 food allergies, low testosterone (80 year old man level), low thyroid, leaky gut syndrome, scoliosis, and low vitamin D. Basically revealing the actual causes of my suffering. He explained how candida yeast, food allergies and inflammation causes hormonal imbalances, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, and everything under the sun. I cut out all my food allergies from my diet, and started taking supplements to heal my gut. In October I detoxed my body with powerful supplements and a strict diet.

After the detox was over I experienced chronic fatigue for 3 months, didn’t leave the house once, and was basically bed bound. This was not normal, and my doctor knew there was some kind of infection. So, I took a GI stool analysis and the results showed I have a severe candida overgrowth. This is most likely the root cause of all my symptoms I’ve experienced over the past 10 years. I am currently treating this candida with the anti fungal Nystatin and on an anti-candida diet which excludes carbs and sugars.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Great job clearing up your acne!!!! Give it time, you'll look better in no time. You can eventually get the chemical peels or subcision for your scars…but trust me you can heal. Go vegan if you want maximized results…good luck man…

  2. Sound to me that you may have a combination of Asperger's Syndrome and hypogonadism possibly linked to Hypopituitarism. You may want to look  at some of the videos from other young people on here to see how you compare with symptoms, especially the Asperger's syndrome vidoes.  Klonopin my help with the social anxiety part, usually 1/2 of a .5mg tablet. There are not many doctors that know all the right test to perform with hypogonadism though, I been searching for a good Dr. for almost a year now.

  3. I miss reading and learning too! My eyes are so tired and my brain fog is severe. I also have secondary depression from living with chronic illness, it's a depressing fact knowing that you can't do "normal" things and contribute positively to the world. I also have Fibromyalgia so I'm in constant pain. Never get a refreshing sleep. I'm tempted to get my head shaved because washing my hair is so exhausting. Totally feeling this video, I can relate to all of it so much.

  4. For the acne did u tried cleaning your facile with oil? Just use olive oil gave it few mins to mix with your skin oil then put hot towel and wipe it. It worth trying. 

  5. Little tip. Look at what foods you eat. There's a lot of energy in food.
    Go to sleep before midnight and wake up at regular time. Don't sleep in!!!
    Try to go outside too, a walk in the park or something. If you stay inside, at home, hiding, you'll only get worse.

  6. sup bro!..juss wanted to ask u question if I have cfs or fibromyalgia I know I have chronic pain due to spinal cord injury back in 03 til now..writing u this note I'm in severe pain mostly my left calf area nothing can touch it hard to sleep mostly kicking n tossing n getting up

  7. I feel ur pain I have had CFS / ME for a year so far. If you have not had this illness do not tell us to get over it, just get up and go out, you don't look ill, change your diet, stop being lazy. You will only understand this illness when you have it or someone you are extremely close to you has it.

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