Published on December 4, 2015 by Dan Neuffer
Last updated on August 26, 2019 by Dan Neuffer


Rapid onset CFS/Fibromyalgia sufferer makes full recovery and shares her shocking journey

picture of Sahaya with ME/CFS Fibromyalgia recovery details

Some people become bedbound with ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia during periods of their illness.  But imagine the shock of becoming bedbound with MECFS/Fibromyalgia, OVERNIGHT!

That was Sayaha’s shocking experience with rapid onset CFS which was followed with Fibromyalgia very soon after that.  She had to be flown halfway across the world to Japan 8 weeks later and ended up being hospitalised for tests.

Whilst sudden onset or rapid is not rare at all, Sayaha’s story certainly demonstrates the severe and frightening impact that ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia can have on patients. The sudden prospect of losing your life-long passion as well as ambitions and dreams. You don’t have to be an athlete to get that, we all experience it.

At the 16 minute mark, the conversation shifts towards recovery. It was a bumby journey for Sayaha like it is for most recoverers, but here is a great example of why listening to these interviews is so valuable. Because the insights are not in (I did this or that), they are always in the subtle shifts and changes in strategy that you will glimpse if you listen carefully. Sayaha summarised this well when I asked her towards the end about advice for others and how they can go from bedbound with MECFS/Fibromyalgia to being healthy again : “I wish I could give the direct answer, but I can’t – but there are lots of clues in what I did to recover”.

Sayaha’s recovery from being bedbound with MECFS and Fibromyalgia includes all the classic strategies we so often speak about, although like is so often the case, Sayaha mostly worked these out herself. She is passionate about sharing her insights and wisdom and I hope you all enjoy her story.

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Denise Bautista

I also became sick with severe CFS and fibro overnight. Your story gives me hope to keep fighting


As a formerly athletic person like yourself I understand that the hardest part is the unseen restrictions and boredom and aimlessness that accompanies the illness itself, even if you are on a seeming road to recovery. How did you overcome those humps of wanting to just die and give up? How did you even know you’d get better? I’m doing everything you can do as well but the wait itself is defeating even when I do see progress it never seems to matter. You said one day something just changed for you, but I’m wondering how you even made it… Read more »


Someone who is only sick for 2 years is not in the same category as many of us who have been ill for decades. that’s a whole ‘nother thing. much chances for recovery under the 8 year mark. false hope to those of us who have been sick for toooooo long. i’m glad she recovered, but if someone is to recover it normally is in the first 7 or so years of this hell.


i would love to hear from them…but i haven’t heard of any.


I know many stories of people who recovered after 30 plus years. Keep marching!

Ray McClymont

What a great story from a lovely person. So many similarities in both the illness, actions and recovery aspects it is truly heartening to hear and re enforces my positiveness on making a comeback. Thank you for sharing


Firstly I just really want to thank Sayaha for sharing her story in such an open, genuine and heartfelt way, it has given me so much hope about moving forward. I also want to thank you Dan for this website and all of the success stories, I am watching one a day at the moment and it has been so helpful! Today I just got back from a very upsetting NHS appointment about ‘managing’ and ‘accepting I will have Fibro for life’. I refuse to do that…I know there must be a way and seeing these stories has given me… Read more »


Hi, this is a great video. I just stumbled onto your website. Do you have a video on a woman who got cfs after childbirth and has recovered?

Louise Morrissette

I just want to say I myself got very ill when my son was 14 months old and recovered eventually but many, many years later when I discovered that it was possible.

Sally Aspden

Thank you Sayaha and Dan for sharing this. It’s always wonderful to hear of people getting better, especially when they were as ill as you both were. Your resort has given me ideas about where to look for a holiday – thanks 🙂

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