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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is characterized by exhaustion or fatigue that has lasted six months or longer and is accompanied by some varied constellation of the symptoms listed below. The persistent fatigue in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome causes a substantial reduction in activity level, and even though people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are tired and exhausted, they often cannot sleep. The fatigue can start out gradual in onset, often associated with a period of severe physical or emotional stress. The other pattern is a sudden onset, sometimes associated with flu-like symptoms from which a person never fully recovers. In this case, a patient can almost always pinpoint the exact date that their illness began.

Common Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms include:
AnxietyDifficulty Finding Words
Brain FogDisorientation
ConfusionUnrefreshing Sleep
Debilitating FatigueExhaustion on Minimal Exertion
DepressionForgetfulness
Difficulty ConcentratingLow Libido

An often coexisting condition is Fibromyalgia which is characterized by muscle pain, with or without fatigue. For some people, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are the same illness. However, some people can have fatigue with or without pain.

Causes and Complications of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
There may be different causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but all lead to hypothalamic and pituitary dysfunction. The hypothalamus and pituitary are part of the brain. They regulate the body’s hormonal systems. The hypothalamus and pituitary are weakened by long term exposure to physical or emotional stress, infections, and environmental toxins including heavy metals, mold, allergies or other problems. When this happens, all of the systems that are regulated by the hypothalamus and pituitary may be affected. These systems include the thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones as well as the autonomic system which controls body temperature, blood pressure, the balance of salt and water, and the sleep center.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
There is no lab test to confirm a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Because of this and other limitations in lab testing, diagnosis is made after a thorough evaluation and testing have eliminated other causes such as Lyme or Multiple Sclerosis.

If you suspect you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, develop a clear understanding of your personal medical history and profile. CFS is a treatable condition with options including prescription medicines, intravenous nutritional therapies, and physical medicine modalities. These treatment options can help restore sleep, treat pain, balance hormones, and remove infections and toxins while balancing micronutrients.