Rediscover Hope by listening to how others recovered from ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia:

During my illness, one of the most deflating things was not hearing other people recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or recover from Fibromyalgia or POTS. Hence one of the things I really wanted to do was collect and share Fibromyalgia Recovery Stories, CFS Recovery StoriesPOTS Recovery Stories, Chronic Lyme Recovery Stories and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Recovery Stories to give hope to people still suffering with this illness.

If you know someone who has recovered, please ask them to contact me to share their story or if you yourself have recovered from this group of illnesses, please contact me directly here.

Best wishes,

Dan

RECOVERY STORIES DISCLAIMER:

Please note that the people sharing their stories here have gone through their own journey of recovery from Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome independently from the author of this website and related content. They are simply sharing their experience here and are not responsible for, nor are they endorsing the content on this website or other related products.  Similarly, we do not take responsibility for the content on their respective sites or products and make no implied endorsement.

Severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Recovery After Six Years – Vera’s Story
Vera tells how she recovered from severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after 6 years using her own approach.
Colin’s recovery from long-term ME/CFS & MCS using the ANS REWIRE program
Colin tells his story of recovery from long-term ME/CFS & MCS using ANS REWIRE.
CBT for CFS : Luke shares his experience and frustration that led to his recovery
Luke shares his frustration of being told CFS is in his mind, and how he explored CBT for CFS and how he recovered
Adrienne Dellwo shares her Fibromyalgia remission and Fibromyalgia recovery story
The name Adrienne Dellwo is likely familiar to you if you have read up on fibromyalgia. Here is her stroy of Fibromyalgia Remission, Fibromyalgia Relapse and Fibromyalgia Recovery
3 Decades of MECFS, Fibromyalgia, MCS and Chronic Lyme end ‘Shockingly Fast’
During 3 decades of illness with ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, MCS and Chronic Lyme, Claudia becomes intimately involved with advocacy work when she gets a strange facebook request about a book talking of 'recovery' - what happened next left her feeling shocked and a little confused.
Kiki overcomes POTS, MECFS with Chronic Lyme after 10 years of illness
Kiki (@chronicallyhealed) tried lots of cures for POTS but nothing really worked for years. Finally, she cured POTS and ME/CFS in stages over a period of 3 years and regained her health despite being diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease. In this interview, she tells her story.
Mollie recovers rapidly after 4½ years of MECFS (POTS)
Mollie shares her experience with the ANS REWIRE program after 4 years of failed approaches to return to health in an inspiring interview.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome cured by itself? Here is Kari’s CFS Recovery Story
Kari's ME/CFS had a rapid shocking onset whilst playing sport, but despite her best efforts, she stayed sick for 6 years. Now a decade later she looks back and wonders - did her CFS go away by itself?
Teodora finds her own path out of fibromyalgia MECFS
Teodora had experienced severe chronic fatigue before her Fibromyalgia started at age 31. She didn't want to accept her doctors' verdicts that it's 'incurable', so she found her own path out of fibromyalgia.
Age & length of illness are no barrier for recovery from fibromyalgia and CFS
Diane recovered remarkably fast after 3 decades of ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia and one year after her recovery shares what life is like now. She tells her story and her experience giving a review of the ANS REWIRE program.
Stuart Aken ends 10 years of ME/CFS & discusses his success with pacing and its failures
Stuart discusses his experience with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E. ME/CFS) and how three 'recoveries' using pacing were just symptom reductions but failed as soon as he exerted himself normally. Then, after 10 years of illness, he recovered in as little as 2 months.
From bedridden with Fibromyalgia & CFS & MCS to fully well
Peter shares how he recovered from a decade of CFS, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities in a period of 12 months of using the ANS REWIRE program.
Long-term ME CFS sufferer transforms before your eyes
Brenten's story is a wonderful example of how it is possible to recover from long-term ME/CFS. We were lucky enough to capture parts of his journey on film and when Brenten watches the footage from a few years earlier we both get emotional.
CFS Recovery: Ted shares how he recovered from CFS after 8 years of illness
Ted shares how an email reignited hope and reduced him and his wife to tears. In this interview he tells how he recovered from CFS using the ANS REWIRE program.
James learns how to heal from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis after 9 years of illness
After 8 years of suffering, James' life had hit hit rock-bottom. “I couldn’t see a future for myself”. It was an understandable outlook for a young man whose life was in shambles and who had never experienced what it was like to be an adult and have normal health. But against all odds, he then changed his approach, his outlook, his whole life and 9 months later he was recovered.
Tim shares his long-term recovery from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Tim shares his journey and struggles with M.E. and explains what he has learned from mentoring others to recover. He also shares the positive learnings from his experience that he has taken into his new life post Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
Rapid onset CFS/Fibromyalgia sufferer makes full recovery and shares her shocking journey
Many people become bedbound with MECFS or Fibromyalgia, if we have the illness long enough. But imagine the shock of becoming bedbound OVERNIGHT! Sayaha's recovery includes all the classic strategies we so often speak about, although as is so often the case, Sayaha mostly worked these out herself. She is passionate about sharing her insights so listen for important recovery distinctions.
Rachel’s finally experiences a robust Fibromyalgia recovery
Rachel’s Fibromyalgia started at age 18 and it was only a visit down to Australia that allowed her to recover without any defined strategy or plan. But it was short lived and she got ill again. But after 15 years of illness, she finally found a way to create a robust recovery that she has enjoyed for over 6 years now, allowing her to exercise virtually every day and work full-time again!
20 years of Fibromyalgia, CFS & PTSD, Depression and Anxiety come to an end
Leah tells her story of recovery and how a moment watching daytime TV changed everything and led her down a new path. After 20 years of severe illness, she got her life back in as little as 10 months.
Beth French’s Journey from ME-CFS to Ultra Marathon Swimmer
Beth French’s’ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) started at age 10 but was only diagnosed at 17 when she became bed-ridden. 4 years later she had recovered against all odds and took her recovery to the next level with her amazing athletic achievements.
Is chronic lyme disease curable? – Katina Makris tells of her Chronic Lyme & Fibromyalgia Healing Journey
Is Chronic Lyme Disease curable? Katina Makris tells of her Chronic Lyme & Fibromyalgia Healing Journey For Recovery Story Disclaimer,[...]
Beth recovers from Fibromyalgia with the help of emotional healing
Beth shares her story of healing through a variety of strategies and her final fibromyalgia breakthrough from emotional healing on an energetic level.
The Lightning Process – Simon’s Last Ditch Effort for Recovery from M.E.
Simon spent over 8 years trying to get well after being diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). After being sick for so long, he couldn’t even envisage feeling well again but then decided to try something he felt quite sceptical about.
A mother finds a way to help her child with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A mother finds a way to help her child with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome For Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the[...]
Recovery From ME/CFS using Mind/Body Approach Gupta Programme
Recovery From ME/CFS using Mind/Body Approach Gupta Programme For Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the main page here! Jenny didn’t[...]
Jane learned how to overcome Depression and MECFS
For Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the main page here! If you have ever been faced with the label of[...]
Looking for Help for Fibromyalgia – Sue Ingebretson’s Fibromyalgia Recovery
Looking for Help for Fibromyalgia - Sue Ingebretson's Fibromyalgia RecoveryFor Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the main page here!"The clouds[...]
“There is no Cure for Fibromyaliga” – An Inspiring Interview about Recovery from MCS, CFS & FMS
"There is no Cure for Fibromyaliga" - An Inspiring Interview about Recovery from MCS, CFS & FMS For Recovery Story[...]
CFS Relapse: Katie learns how to end the ME/CFS relapse cycle
CFS Relapse: Katie learns how to end the ME/CFS relapse cycleFor Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the main page here!When[...]
Lynn shares her thoughts on how to overcome fibromyalgia and get your life back
Lynn shares her thoughts on how to overcome Fibromyalgia and get your life backFor Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the[...]
Liz Dyde’s Mind-Body Connection in Fibromyalgia
Liz Dyde’s Mind-Body Connection in Fibromyalgia For Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the main page here! This interview started about[...]
Abigail tells how she managed to recover from long-term Fibromyalgia MECFS after 20+ years
Abigail tells how she managed to reverse long-term Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS after 20+ years For Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see[...]
Berit Frivold’s Fibromyalgia & MECFS Recovery Story
Berit Frivold’s Fibromyalgia & ME/CFS Recovery Story For Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the main page here! How Berit’s Chronic[...]
Pat Gurnick Learned How To Get Well From CFS, Fibromyalgia and MCS
Pat Gurnick Learned How To Get Well From CFS, Fibromyalgia and MCS For Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the main[...]
My Story – Dan Neuffer’s CFS Recovery Story
My Story – Dan Neuffer’s CFS Recovery StoryFor Recovery Story Disclaimer, please see the main page here!I thought that the[...]

If you liked these recovery interviews, here is a great book with more recovery stories:

Recovery from CFS: 50 Personal Stories

by Alexandra Barton

 

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Andrea

I have read your books and the recovery stories and would be interested to know if any of your case histories are in their 60’s and have other illnesses to contend with. I have a diagnosed under active thyroid and take thyroxine I also have MGUS. My CFS was diagnosed by process of elimination by my GP but no support offered. I have had a year of CBT and my symptoms just got worse. Acupuncture does help as does seeing a homeopath but the improvements are short lived and the crashes more often and intense. I get stressed by the… Read more »

Dan

Hi Andrea – thanks for your comment – I totally understand your frustration and know what you mean about the ‘pet theories’. Hopefully CFS Unravelled will help you put all of these into context and help you recognise that they still have value in terms of helping you recover. If you have a look at the recoveries, you will regularly see that it is usually a combination of a mind/body approach that focusses on the root mechansim along with a range of physical treatments to help the body & secondary dysfunctions heal. And YES – I have met people of… Read more »

(Elizabeth) Lynn Nackson

I was inspired by Beth’s story because of the emotional and spiritual aspects of her recovery. Although the primary expression of my emotional and spiritual illness was mental illness, the story of our recoveries is remarkably similar. I could really relate to the push and crash that she described. In fact, my diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder is indicative of that! I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which I see as primarily triggered by all the stress and toxic medications prescribed to me. I even became addicted to opiates, from which I recovered when I saw it was not a treatment,… Read more »

(Elizabeth) Lynn Nackson

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Km

Hey Dan, Thank you very much for sharing your story! As a physician suffering from the same illness, over the last three and a half years I came to the exact same conclusion as you did – a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system! Only that can cause that level of incapacitating fatigue, and also affect so many body systems. You had said “and my fibromyalgia pain became more prominent during the second half of my six-and-a-half-year illness.” So during this second half, when your fibromyalgia became more prominent, how was the severity of your fatigue? Did it get better,… Read more »

Km

Thank you!

Shweta

Hi Dan,

So How does ANS rewire takes place? what I need to do to fix the ANS issue. Should reading your book will have answers or I need to buy something from this website. I read here a lot about supplements and I myself is taking supplements. My main symptom is pain but fatigue is also there. fatigues has been little better with supplements.

Thanks
Shweta

Jen

Thank you so much for taking the time to collect and share these collection of stories Dan. I’m 7 months into my 3rd episode of glandular fever, so I think it now qualifies as chronic fatigue. Neither of my last 2 episodes were this long or complicated. This time it’s got progressively worse since I first noticed it in March this year, and now I’m mostly bedbound and pretty foggy in the brain. but so far I still have good sleep, digestive health and low pain. To tell the truth, while the recovery stories are very inspiring, it is also… Read more »

Jen

Thank you Dan : )

Cath

Ive been ill for 30+ years & have tried everything to only end up on opioids that dont even work yet have horrific side effects. Im so sick of being so ill on many levels. Was diagnosed with FM in the year 2000 & take anti deps, anti infalms & opioids as well as many many supplements that I dont even know if theyre working as Im still so sick, tired, exhausted & suffer pain 8/10 everyday. Morning stiffness, RLS, depression, arthritis, bone on bone, laberal hip tear, have had lumbar disectomy & fusion in L5 S1, Im badly constipated,… Read more »

Kotryna

Hi Dan, I am Kotryna. I am just 2-3 months into the illness and throughout last month when I’ve been on sick leave, thankfully I managed to do all possible tests to realise it is PVFS or CFS (I do think it’s the same, even if they don’t call it CFS yet as it’s couple of months) and glad I did it before I am bedboud 100%, while I can still invite friend for some time, and get out for little walk, see therapists from time to time, even if some weeks I feel crap, other days can be better.… Read more »

Kotryna Garsvaite

Thanks Dan! I did a lot of research myself on CFS and made strict routine for my mind and body, and now I will kick off with ANS rewire, more tools and knowledge cannot hurt! Even after 4 days of pure rest and good routine I can feel some differences, so feeling positive! Would be great to hear some stories how people catch it and recover easier than multiple years! As I hope people start considering PVFS/CFS in early days of the sickness, not years in it when it significantly affects their bodies and lives! Sadly at the moment it… Read more »

Kotryna

I actually have another question. Have spoken to a few bright doctors today and been discussing antidepressants as one way to support the recovery as it supports function of neurotransmitters. What do you think – could it potentially fasten or slow down the recovery?

T G

It depends on the individual – people have varying results.

David Pigott

Hi Dan. Love the recovery stories. I watch one first thing every morning to make sure I start the day on a positive footing. I wonder whether you can tell me where I can get the piano music that you use at the beginning and end of each video? The music is very moving and every time I hear it I am reminded of your inspiring videos. It would be great, for example, to use it as my daily alarm on my phone, so the first thing I hear each day is a positive reminder that recovery is possible. Thanks,… Read more »

Kate

Hi Dan, Can I ask, from your experience of working with people with CFS, does the Lightning Process benefit most people? I did the course 3 years ago and couldn’t make it work for me . . . and in many ways it did more bad than good in that I have felt like a failure ever since – especially as my friend also did the course and had a wonderful result. The feeling of major failure when I put so much hope into the training – has led me into quite a cycle of depression. I suppose it would… Read more »

Juli E

After beeing diagnosed with CFS/ME, MCS and Fibromyalgia the doctors gave me no hope on recovery. My life was full of agony, pain and obsticles. I was convinced that there must be a way out of it because living with it was not worth living. The ANS rewire program helped me get my life back. Now I can enjoy life to the fullest again. This program is very educational and therefore helping to regain health an also maintain healthy on the long term. Thank you so much for this great program and all the effort you put into helping people… Read more »

L T

Thank you for sharing your experience Juli!

Great to see you enjoying life again. 🙂

Ferdia

Hey, I’ve been suffering from post-viral fatigue (not sure if it’s cfs or ME). I’ve only had it since October really, and it’s gotten worse over Christmas, forcing me to defer my final medical school semester (such poor timing). I have profound exhaustion, myalgia but my severe brain fog has improved greatly. Have you seen people with post-viral fatigue recover without developing CFS/ME? I know they’re practically the same but does PVF ever spontaneously remit? I got your book anyway to address it proactively. Seeing as people recover after years of illness, surely I can only having it a few… Read more »

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