CFS / glandular fever recovery mini-series: 10 signs I knew my health was getting better (part 1).


For other posts about my recovery click ~here

Over the next couple of months I aim to write a little more about my recovery from glandular fever, which I got over two years ago (Jesus Christ). If this isn't relevant to you then apologies but I promise I will write about other topics too! But one promise I have made to myself is to put as much information out there on the internet as possible for anyone who needs it. There are a lot of forums full of the bad side of chronic illness but I want to balance that out. I'm going to keep the posts in this series short and sweet as much as possible, because I know how much glandular fever and cfs can affect "brain fog" and concentration levels. 

For a long time I felt like my recovery from glandular fever was bordering on being at a total standstill. I didn't seem to be making much progress at all and this had such a negative impact on my mental health. However don't be disheartened if you're in a similar boat because I did start to make progress once I'd got through some difficult events in my life and made my health my #1 priority again (it's all about being selfish folks).

Here are 10 things that improved for me and subsequently changed my recovery for the better. I hope that tracking the improvements in these areas works for you too.

1) My body could tolerate dry body brushing. When I first read about the benefits of body brushing I couldn't wait to get started, however the first time I did it I felt pretty rough afterwards to the point where I couldn't bear to do it again. So I waited a while and the next time I brushed myself using very light strokes, and only did it once a week to see how that worked for me. Eventually I realised that I could body brush every morning with no unpleasant consequences! 

2) My sleep improved. One of the worst patches of my recovery was my "insomnia phase" which was like living hell. I thought I was losing my mind. If you have suffered from sleepless nights I'm sure you will know what I mean. When this phase passed (with the help of over-the-counter sleeping tablets, meditation, a good bedtime routine, and lots of patience) I saw lots of improvements in my general health. 

3) Better tolerance to exercise / minimal post-exertional malaise. This one is self-explanatory. At first my experiments with exercise didn't go so well. Using (light) weights of any kind would make me feel like I'd been hit by a truck for a week and generally I could only manage 10 minutes at a time before my body would literally cease to function. I kept trying and eventually I noticed that I could tolerate heavier weights and longer workouts. 

4) Concentration levels improved. At one point I couldn't read a book or watch tv because I couldn't process the information at all. Very frustrating when all you have is time on your hands to fill. Now I can read and cross stitch and watch tv in short bursts and it's amazing to feel productive again. 

5) Slightly better appetite. My appetite is still pretty dodgy and sometimes non-existent but it is better than it was. In my poorlier days all I wanted was pate on toast or chicken nuggets and I've definitely come a long way since then (mind you I do still love pate on toast).

To be continued :) 


  1. Have you tried d-ribose powder? I’ve got fibromyalgia and recently tried it thinking yeah right this won’t work but my energy levels have been so much better. I am so impressed I’m telling everyone in case it can help them. Keep getting better xx

    1. Just ordered some!!! :) I will try anything me! xx

    2. I know exactly what you mean! I've also just started BCAA which i think are also positively helping. Good luck x