Why I want to work with you
I am a survivor of post-viral symptoms. Yet, despite a long list of diagnoses that I have received, post-viral syndrome is not one of them. I am, as you may be, self-diagnosed. It’s been 5 years since I suffered a severe flu-like sickness. Since then, my experience has been misinterpreted, largely dismissed, and sometimes flat out denied by practitioners that I have worked with.
I have seen dozens upon dozens of doctors in what was a monumental effort to restore normalcy to my life. One of the moments emblazoned in my mind is when a highly respected physician stated very plainly, “Thank you for understanding there is very little that we can do for your condition.”
He discouraged me from participating in research studies and declined the fact that I desperately needed disability benefits. As if the post-viral symptoms weren’t enough to deal with on their own, I quickly discovered that I also had to be the champion of my own recovery.
Surviving Post-viral Symptoms
Throughout my illness, from the outside I looked normal. Over and over people would say “you look great,” without noticing that I could barely turn my head to glance up. To date, I have spent countless hours lying in bed while “looking great.” While it’s one happy bonus I can smile about now, at the time it was maddening as I tried to explain I could no longer organize.
I couldn’t organize anything, not a thing, and certainly not computer files. Two year into my illness I was still an active partner at a web development firm when I was suddenly forced to fire myself. I had made glaring errors that I couldn’t explain, let alone fix.
At that point I had already sought help from a naturopath, multiple herbalists, energy workers, a Rolfer, acupuncturists, and a curandera. I had tried several healing diets and traveled to Ecuador to meet with a shaman.
Finally, staring down the barrel of my own unemployment, I dragged myself to the primary care doctor assigned through my health insurance company. He was the first one to insist that all of my symptoms were the result of a latent mental health condition.
Post-viral Silver Lining
I know now he was wrong, very wrong. Debilitating fatigue, muscle pain and joint problems, brain fog, confusion, heart palpitations, headaches, and even depression are all post-viral symptoms. If you have been told it’s all in your head or if your lab work says you’re fine and you know that you are not, I am on your side. I found methods for healing myself from post-viral symptoms. After the ordeal that I’ve been through, the silver lining is that I can share this information with you.
I not only restored my own health, but I crafted a lifestyle that I enjoy living.
These are common symptoms of post-viral syndrome.
- Persistent Fatigue
- Unrefreshing Sleep
- Muscle aches
- Joint Pain or Stiffness
- Trouble Concentrating
- Brain Fog
- Sore Throat