This is literally 20 + years of tiredness pretty much gone within 1 week by 1 supplement. I still have the undertones of the fatigue which i feel all day long but i do not require constant caffeine pills, i have no major crash in the afternoon and i do not require a nap to make it till bedtime.
That's great, @jmd82
, really pleased that you got such good results. I found selenium made a substantial improvement to my ME/CFS. I was bordering on severe ME/CFS, and selenium took me to the top part of moderate. But unfortunately it has not helped many other ME/CFS patients, so very interesting to hear that selenium worked well for you.
If the selenium is upsetting my stomach even with food is there anything i can do about this?
I guess you could try other forms of selenium. If you are taking the methylselenocysteine
form, then you could try the yeast-free selenomethionine
form, and see if that makes a difference. There is also the sodium selenate
and sodium selenite
forms of selenium to try (those these two are not as well absorbed, so you may need slightly higher doses to compensate).
You could also try taking selenium in smaller divided doses throughout the day, preferably between meals (as selenium is best absorbed on an empty stomach).
So you could take 100 mcg in the morning, 100 mcg in the afternoon, and say 200 mcg before bed.
You also experiment with lower doses, such 300 mcg. I found if I used lower doses, the fatigue would return, but you try lowering the dose to the minimum required to get the benefits.
There are a bunch of supplements you list in the first post which may also provide benefit if the selenium is acting on the body in a certain way. These are the ones you listed
I'm very interested in these but i do not want to take more than i should of anything so im not sure how to act on these any input would be appreciated.
It's unlikely there would be any harm in adding those supplements to your regimen, so you could try them. I tried genistein 125 mg daily for many weeks, but notice no benefit.
3) I would like to find a doctor who would be able to help me in regards to understanding and monitoring me in regards to the selenium to make sure my levels aren't jumping too high. What type of doctor would be best in this topic?
Probably a functional medicine doctor would be happy to do this.
, on the ME/CFS scale of: very severe, severe, moderate, mild, remission
, where would you save you were before the selenium treatment, and where did you move up to on this scale after treatment? I always like to try to quantify any gains ME/CFS report they achieve as a result of treatment.