My story of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Chronic Pain Recovery .👇
Looking back, I know that my 20’s were a demanding and stressful time. But back then my annual winter virus didn’t worry me until it refused to go. For three weeks my swollen tonsils stayed angry and my temperature stayed soaring.
Puzzled, my doctors admitted me for a two week hospital stay. They tried every test which revealed no positive results.
Back home, on high levels of medication, my malaise remained. Then the chronic fatigue began and for three months my everyday Everest was simply standing & walking across the room.
Sleep overcame life anytime, anywhere outside my control my eyes would refuse to stay open. It was an unusual new existence for my lifetime natural high energy level vanished. Gone too a sharp mind and creativity, in it’s place fear and poor memory and muddled fog.
The road to recovery was uneven and upsetting. Sometimes life was clear but then a set back and my throat swelled and fatigue and sleeping began again.
Nobody could advise what to do, no science showed the route. my intuition told me that my life had to change.
Plans and dreams were modified, diet, work, social life, rest phases integrated, always mindful & wary but never a victim, always convinced my vitality would restore.
Over time my full health recovered leaving a tiny CFS legacy which is managed naturally with attention to my physiological responses.
I cant really recall when it started because it was part of my life for so long.
When you’ve had pain for years and been given many explanations by trusted healthcare professionals and STILL only get temporary pain free days, then you feel despair.
Your pain becomes part of your identity and nothing seems to change, it’s just how you are.
My pain lasted for over 25 years, every day I felt deep constricting pain in my mid-spine my neck and low back. Doctors and therapists said it was due to disc damage, osteo-chondritis, scoliosis but none of their solutions worked.
My spine was stiff and between my shoulder blades my skin was numb. Some days my sciatica pain was so bad that work was impossible. On top of that, I had pain from injuries in sport, when I broke bones and tore ligaments. I’d reached a point where I had lost confidence in my body.
In 1995, during a personal development journey of meditation, bodywork and mindset training, my whole life changed because my pain stopped and my numb skin regained the ability to feel.
For some reason this never seemed odd, just a natural change, the next phase.
I’m a scientist, physiotherapist with a postgrad in Public Health, a hypnotherapist-psychotherapist, coach, creator of Bomi Yoga and an artist & writer.
People who work with me say they feel frustrated, want to break their negative cycle, rehabilitate, manage their pain without surgery, less drugs and get their life back. That’s something I understand because it’s been my own desire with my fatigue and pain and I’ve achieved it.
Over the years I’ve met a lot of doctors, physiotherapist’s and psychotherapist’s who treat the body and mind as two completely different things. But human systems are not divided and how you feel about yourself, what you believe and think shows up in how you use yourself. It also impacts how you live day to day, your success, in your relationships your work and play
The best healing approach is a practical functional positive supportive whole person one which is designed to improve your quality of life and manage your pain
My approach blends science supported evidence, physical & psychological therapies with intuition, logic and personal development.
Progress is at your rate, as you change, as your biological, psychological, social and life purpose shifts. Changing habits and patterns carves out your new life map, strategy and different behavior.
I’ve a thorough understanding of mind-body work, from the practical science tested to the sensible logical and deeper life purpose & old trauma releasing.
I’ve helped thousands and have recovered from my own chronic fatigue, severe persistent pain, spine problems, broken bones, dislocated joints and ruptured ligaments. When you have trouble it’s essential to work with someone who knows what rehabilitation entails and has helped people succeed in full recovery from a complex problem.
I collaborate with top doctors and lawyers and help people rehabilitate from life changing complex pain. Since 1985 I have worked with people with ME, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, spine surgery, opiod dependency, depression, anxiety and trauma. I train medics & therapists in strategies to increase their competence in healthcare and present my work at conferences.
My comprehensive approach is an alternative to painful therapies, injections, surgery and drugs. As you experience recovery, you’ll be reunited with the natural power that is within you to mend from pain. You’ll begin to question why you’ve been given so many explanations and tried so many things with poor results and be excited to have solutions within your control.