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    Created in 2008, Phoenix Rising is the largest and oldest forum dedicated to furthering the understanding of, and finding treatments for, complex chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia, long COVID, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and allied diseases.

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  1. MartinK

    How I improved from very severe to moderate in 14 days

    I haven't been here for a long time because I was going through the most challenging time of my life. I began to suffer from extreme insomnia, which gradually worsened all my symptoms - pain, burning in the body, exhaustion. I was falling into a state where I thought I was going to die. And I...
  2. linusbert

    Natural alternative to Pioglitazon (Actos) which works on same pathways?

    originally i was prescribed Pioglitazon (also known as Actos) for my then arrising diabetes, but i learned soon that it actually improves my "cfs"-like disease a lot. despite also changing all blood markers to the better. i become much more exercise tolerant. now after my diabetes is getting...
  3. Vladimir

    Personal Observations on Modified FODMaP Diet

    Hello everyone, I'd like to share some observations from my personal experience with the FODMaP diet. While following the FODMaP guidelines, I noticed the importance of eliminating all yeast-based products, such as aged cheese (specifically yeast-fermented), Saccharomyces Boulardii, and the...
  4. C

    Factors Influencing the Prognosis of Patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Ghali et al, 2022)

    Abstract Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a long-term debilitating multisystem condition with poor prognosis. Studies that examined predictors of ME/CFS outcomes yielded contradictory results. We aimed to explore epidemiological and clinical prognostic factors of...
  5. D

    Proprioception Dysfunction - treating this improved my symptoms (I think!)

    Short Summary: I saw an ophthalmologist who diagnosed me as having a proprioception problem (proprioception is your perception of your body position). He prescribed special lenses and an easy physical protocol. Shortly after these changes I had a significant and sustained improvement, which...
  6. beatsmyth

    100% Convinced my CFS/Fibro is Mycoplasma infection based

    Tested positive for Mycoplasma and was given Cipro, got better that month, when the ABX were done, everything came back. Different Doctor (was told to go to a immunologist) was old and useless, but he put me on a different ABX, which made me better for 6 weeks, then when ABX course was done...