Hi every one, My story is simple to summarize: I got sick in early 2013. Before, I was the healthiest guy around. After 2013, I developed a mild version of CFS. The course of events is probably very unusual: - Mild CFS from early 2013 to early 2016 (managed to finish my PhD, I was tired but I was able to work on a flexible schedule, finish my PhD and actually workout for the most part). Symptoms: moderate to high fatigue, 3 episodes of dizziness - each of which lasting for at most 3 weeks - and some minor symptoms. I masked fatigue with coffee and a clean diet. - In 2015 I actually started a diary on this forum but I eventually started to feel better and was overwhelmed with work. This time I promise to update the diary regularly. - In 2016 things got worse in terms of fatigue and brain fog. I was still able to think, but I could not spend lots of time behind a computer. I stopped exercising, started to stay at home. Tired but wired intellectually. - In late 2016 things got better. I did the LP training and moved back to my country for 3 months. Those 3 months were GREAT. I thought I was onto full recovery, although I still had bad days. - In early 2017 I had a strong dizziness/vertigo breakout which lasts to this day. It never went away and a few months after I started to feel . On some days, I have little to none. 80% of the time I feel dizzy. - In mid 2017 I started to visit the acupuncturist and detoxing. - Right after, I started to feel absolutely exhausted and weak - very weak. This never went away. It was not like getting worse since it started. On some periods I was actually doing very good, in hindsight! Lots of ups and downs though. It started with a oxygen therapy I did (I took liquid oxygen, supervised by a naturopath). However, 3 monhts before that, I was given a massive amount of antibiotics: 5 weeks of Levofloxacin 6 days of Azithromycin 1 injectable shot of Ceftriaxone 3 weeks of Doxycycline (and I did another course in 2015 - when I was feeling OK - but I don't know what antibiotic I took, to get rid of H.Pylori. Today I would never had taken it) I know, this could have killed anybody. I am lucky I was so healthy when I started to take these poisons (I had almost never taken any drug in my life, I had a very clean diet and I exercised everyday), my body didn't crashed immediately. But at least 50% of what I am going through today is due to this, I am sure. Today: - Either very tired or absolutely exhausted/extremely weak. - Dizzy and feeling unwell (like motion sickness) -> these are the killers for me. - I can take care of myself completely. - I am not bedridden, but I don't leave my home except for groceries, acupuncture and going for a walk (trying to go every day). - I am not depressed by any means. I have a lot of plans on what to do with my life. I really really want to recover. - I live alone. - Apologize my French, but I feel like SHIT. I have the cleanest diet (which i comment on below), take tons of supplements, won't take a drug anymore in my life, and I am followed by a acupuncturist and a naturopath. I "work" from home and my job may get very stressful sometimes. I run a micro company to my name. I need to make a buck. I have a PhD (in math) so I understand science very well. I also have a very good understanding of health in general, treatments for CFS, diets, etc. I am into bio hacking (although I only started in mid 2017 and it got worse and worse, but clearly it wasn't due to my efforts with bio hacking. My hypothesis right now: - I am pretty positive my mitochondria are off, but I am sure I will be able to recover them. - I am pretty positive my adrenals are smashed, but I am sure I will be able to recover them. - I am sure that the antibiotics contributed a lot to where I am now. I am not only talking about dysbiosis. I believe I have nerve damage from those antibiotics. In fact, it is "common" to see people that have severe damage from 2 or 3 pills. I did weeks (both oral and injectable). This messed me up. - Although I've been detoxing aggressively (even lost over 10KG) I am still toxic (although less than last year). - I could have adrenal fatigue stage 3, antibiotic permanent damage, mitochondria permanent damage, all this or anything else. I am not able to put the pieces together. NOTES: * I have been detoxing since May last year. I detoxed too aggressively, which made me feel exhausted and weak. I believe I started to pull out heavy metals and toxins (probably from antibiotics and such) and those harmed my mitochondria. LEARN from my story: never detox too aggressively, the body likes baby steps. * I just finished a gut healing protocol, so my gut should at least be OK. It included my clean diet + probiotics + L-glutamine. Where I want to be ASAP: - Fix my bowel movements. For me, this is top priority. My bowels are not moving every day. I don't have any GI issues whatsoever, expect that my bowels ain't moving right. I can go to the toilet for 5 days in a row, but I can also not go there for 2 days. - Fix my circadian rhythm. I wake up more exhausted than I am when I go to bed. This ain't right. I talk about the circadian rhythm next. Diet: I am always tweaking, but right now: BF: Raw salad. Beef liver (cooked at very low temperature) and avocado or butter OR 4 whole eggs. L: Big raw salad (possibly after a low GI fruit like apple/pear) + Beef/chicken/turkey/any fish (low heat again). Since last week No carbs, optimizing for digestion. S: Apple and as many berries as possible. D: Big raw salad + Beef/chicken/turkey/any fish (low heat again) + sweet potatoes/rice (only Note: I will insert beet + lemon + apple + cabbage + ginger + carrot juice on empty stomach in March. Supplements: Ionic magnesium whenever I remember it, throughout the day, with water. Magnesium bisglycinate 100-400mg/day (before bed seems to work best) + Malate 1g in the morning. Zinc, Vitamin C, Bs, B5, Vitamin D3, Krill oil and fish oil (molecular distilled - not sure this is great, but better than regular one for sure) Just finished a bunch of other stuff. I use flax-seed to increase my bowel activity, but it doesn't work well TBH. I used adrenal formulas, nothing game me a decent boost. The only thing that worked for quite a while was Ginseng. Doesn't work nomore. Currently rotating it for 60 days. Will re-start in April. Next, I will try to recover my mitochondria. I will use Ubiquinol, PQQ, etc. Anyone knows about a decent protocol to recover these guys? Lifestyle / routine: Going to bed at 10pm (doesn't really make a difference though). Wake up at 6.20 - 6.40 but I need about 2h to get up. There is virtually no consistency on my Sleep Cycle App. There are nights I never get to deep sleep. Yet, I seem to sleep like a baby. Before I know it I am sleeping, and I go for 8-12 hours on a row easily. I these hacks to sleep better: Going to bed at 10pm (only for about 25 days now, but I will stick to this schedule more often). Use lavender before sleep time. Usually pour it on my head (2 drops); Use blue-ray block glasses from about 7pm onwards; Use Flux on my computer. Get the room as dark as I can. Use Sleep Cycle to track my sleep and wake me up at the top of a cycle. Next, to test: 5 days with leds on the room vs 5 days without - check the difference on Sleep Cycle. (10 days) Another pillow. (10 days) Turn off computer after 8pm (when I usually have dinner). (10 days) Meditate from 9pm30 till 10pm; Anything else I could be adding, please let me know! I get to bed and I SLEEP IMMEDIATELY, and almost NEVER WAKE UP through the night. This has been like so (except for very rare exceptions) for the last 5 years. So it is not that I take too much time to fall asleep. Its like I can sleep for 9 hours in a row and NOT wake up refreshed. Right now, I suspect of: -- Nuts (cashews), will remove them from the diet; -- Too much olive oil, worsens my dizziness; -- Too much raw carrot, gives me gas and bloating (I need to confirm this); -- Salmon, gives me stomach aches (nothing big, but it does); -- Eggs seem to constipate me (will try to go 30 days egg-free in March and see what happens); -- Masturbation seems to worsen my exhaustion -- Stretching my neck helps with dizziness (a lot); Will do this everyday; -- Never really got too much of a positive effect from mediation. I am still anxious at the core. Will bump it to 30 minutes. -- Raw cabbage my be causing bloating and gas (re-check) -- Infrared lights seem to help with my back tension. -- Maybe I am taking too much (real) salt. Will lower it and see how the spleen reacts. -- Exercise (walking) helps with energy, something like 10%. -- Water helps. Comments are welcome. I will keep you guys posted as I go. I WILL RECOVER, I am determined to do that.