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Complementary Therapies

Many people who have a MPD say that fatigue and tiredness has a massive impact on their daily life, some even have difficulty in going to work. Even getting out of bed can be a major event. So, can complementary therapies help? The state of relaxation does make you feel better, both physically and mentally, so it has to be good for you, but how do you get that lovely feeling? Many people have told us that yoga and meditation are really beneficial, as is reflexology and massage. I know personally that reflexology does help me when I am feeling tired and generally not quite well. What works for you?

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Exercise - not sure if its therapy, but it does help me feel better.


Meditation, particularly mindfulness works for me however It requires a lot of discipline to make time for it in your life. Not one of my strengths. Don't know if it's just me but I always feel I should be busy doing something.

I don't think stuff like homepathy helps. It's a subject that's regularly brought up on MPD-Net forum and I agree that if there was anything like that helped surely we would have found it by now.

That said, each to their own and if something works for you and doesn't do any harm, why not ?


When my levels are getting high, I seem to have joint pain mainly in my big toes. I have been tested for gout but I don't seem to have it. Is this common.


Is it safe to have massage as when I go to spa's they are reluctant to do any massage due to taking Hydroxycarbamide as this is a chemotherapy and PV is classed as a blood cancer. Has anybody else had this experience?


Qi-Gong. I use a video from the Devon School of Tai Chi which I LOVE!


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