CFS / ME

You are not alone, we can help you!

We understand

People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) find that activities they once took for granted take an enormous toll on their health. For example, a short stroll, coffee with a friend, getting their child ready for school or catching the train to work, which caused no fatigue before, is followed by unusual tiredness that takes longer than usual to go away.

Alongside the fatigue, people with CFS/ME can experience a range of symptoms from pain, headaches, dizziness, sleep issues, sensitivity to light and noise and food intolerances just to name a few.

CFS, like chronic pain and mental illness, is often invisible to the medical world. It can feel completely helpless. As a result most people with CFS also suffer from anger, depression and anxiety.

It can lead to issues in your personal life, such as change of roles at home, social life, and work life. It can be isolating and debilitating. For some people with ME/CFS, as time passes and their condition improves, they will find they can do more, but it is a slow and gradual process.

We can help

To achieve successful outcomes for people with CFS/ME we fully tailor our approach. Given we work with many chronic illnesses, we also get that CFS/ME affects many aspects of your life, so we address the whole you… this is what truly makes us different.

CFS/ME affects men, women and children of all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. We work with anyone suffering from chronic fatigue or burnout. Our clients range from CEOs to factory workers, sports people, stay at home mums, and to retirees. We see people from all walks of life.

Our approach

  • Detailed assessment to understand what you’ve been through, we really listen so we know what we need to do to help you
  • Extended consultations: up to 60 min consultations – not the typical 15-20 mins session – we know these don’t work for chronic illnesses
  • Really understand what’s important to you and what you would like to achieve
  • Encourage you to bring family and/or friends to nominated sessions to educate and help teach them because research shows support networks are essential
  • A tailored recovery program to help you recover from CFS/ME and move on with your life
  • Access to a fully equipped gym with a swimming pool (if necessary)
  • Home-based program for those who have no access to a gym or have mobility restrictions.
  • Psychological strategies to tackle unhelpful thoughts and emotions
  • Flexible sessions because we understand the challenges of living with CFS/ME
  • One-one sessions with an experienced therapist
  • Ongoing contact after the program if you have any issues
  • We work with your existing therapists
  • We work with Life/Income Protection schemes
  • We treat all compensable schemes including Medicare

By the end of the program

  • You will have measurable improvement both physically and mentally and a clear plan on how to achieve your goals
  • You will have a tailored program covering recovery techniques including physical, psychological and nutritional strategies to build you back up and get you back to where you want to be
  • You will have specific energy optimisation techniques to maximise activity and energy levels
  • You will gain coping strategies to deal with the realms of symptoms that can sometime come with CFS/ME
  • You will have more confidence setting up daily routines and dealing with your condition yourself
  • You will have a greater knowledge and understanding of your condition and how best to deal with it and explain it to others
  • You will have the tools to get a better night’s sleep
  • You will be able to socialise more with confidence, and rekindle strained relationships
  • You will know how to use your breath for symptoms, pain relief and anxiety
  • You will have a greater knowledge of foods that will help your body to heal
  • You will have a structured flare-up and set-back management plan
  • … and much more

Related Services

Consultancy

If you are an organisation with staff suffering from CFS/ME or corporate burnout or are an employee receiving Income Protection benefits and would benefit from a recovery program we have a unique personalised approach and are considered as a specialised provider in this industry

We also work with organisations to develop early intervention strategies/policies to prevent chronic illness.

Please click here to find out more.

Speaking & Workshops

Anjelo is a well respected and much sought after speaker in the industry and our workshops can be tailored to best suit the needs of your organisation or audience.

  • We train organisations and industry bodies on how best to support people with chronic fatigue and burnout
  • We run workshops to train your staff how to best support people with chronic fatigue and burnout
  • We run ½-day & 1-day workshops for continuous professional development for health practitioners and other vocations dealing with people with chronic fatigue and burnout
  • Anjelo can attend as a Keynote speaker at national conferences and other functions.

Please click here to find out more about speaking, and click here to find out more about workshops.

Testimonial

“After struggling with ME/CFS for over a year – having to give up my career, social life and active lifestyle i was referred to Anjelo through my insurer. Anjelo has a great holistic approach which has helped me hugely with my recovery. His approach is gentle and understanding and obviously gets the challenges of this illness where most people (even health professionals) don’t. I am now working part time, exercising regularly and have a social life, but all done in a sensible way and with a pacing approach so i don’t crash. Anjelo is still someone i call for advice on health and life and i am very lucky to have met him.”
-Lauren

Information on CFS/ME

What is it?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a complex, neuroimmune condition that is complex. The term ‘myalgic encephalomyelitis’ means pain in the muscles, and inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. It affects the

  • Brain
  • Gastro-intenstinal system
  • Immune system
  • Endocrine and cardiac systems.

We don’t really know what causes it, and the primary symptom is overwhelming post-exertional tiredness with minimal cognitive, emotional or physical effort. Exhaustion may occur straight away or be delayed by hours or days.

There is a range of secondary symptoms to CFS/ME. These include:

  • Sleep issues;
  • Cognitive issues:  short term memory loss, poor concentration, ‘brain fog’, hypersensitivity to light and sound
  • Widespread pain and headaches;
  • Issues with body temperature and weight regulation
  • Problems with dizziness and balance
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Recurrent flu-like symptoms (e.g. sore throat);
  • Gastrointestinal Problems (e.g. nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS))

Sensitivities to food, medications, odours or certain chemicals.There are many types of CFS/ME and symptoms, so the treatment needs to be catered to the individual; a particular treatment for one person can be catastrophic to another.

Causes

We know that psychological stress, childhood trauma, perfectionist personalities, low physical fitness, pre-existing psychological illness, and allergies may lead to the development of CFS/ME. High expectation of parents and family history may also lead to it.

Over 4,000 research articles have found that ME/CFS is associated with problems involving:

  • the body’s ability to produce and transport energy
  • the immune, neurological and hormonal systems
  • viral or other infections
  • blood pressure, the circulatory and cardiac systems
  • digestion
  • biochemical abnormalities.

For some people, the condition may be triggered suddenly by a viral infection, toxic exposure, anaesthetic, immunisation, gastroenteritis or severe trauma. In other people, ME/CFS may develop slowly over months or years.