Joanna was 14 when she first started noticing Chronic Fatigue Syndome (ME) symptoms. At first she had acute pancreatitis which was caused by gallstones, further leading to infections. As well as this, normal symptoms included muscle pain and pains in her eyes which only got worse over time.
Unfortunately, the NHS gave little help or understanding over Joanna’s difficulties with her disease. All that they offered was referral to a support group. Later on Joanna heard about a clinic based in Liverpool, where she told her GP that she was referring. Joanna heard about Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) through a friend who was using LDN treatment himself. Which resulted in him having much success and recommended that Joanna would look into it.
Using a private doctor, blood tests resulted in Joanna having the LDN medication, which she agreed to and was on it for 6 months with this private clinic in Liverpool. Due to circumstances, Joanna had to go back to the NHS where it took her countless attempts for the NHS to oblige for the LDN medication prescription.
As she knows of, Joanna did not have any side effects, it took two months for her to notice improvements which resulted in more energy and bad fatigue, which she then rated her quality of life a 6/10.
Summary of Joanna’s interview, please listen to the video for the full story.
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Key Words: ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, acute pancreatitis, gallstones, infections, muscle, pains, NHS, Low Dose Naltrexone, LDN, quality of life, fatigue, energy