Chronic/Pain Conditions >> Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses the reason for Chronic Fatigue and what you need to be aware of to address it.
Traditional Allopathic Medicine does not have a solution other than medication that has harmful side-effects.
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Symptoms of CFS are similar to those of the flu and other common viral infections, and include muscle aches, headache, and extreme fatigue. However, symptoms of CFS last for 6 months or more.
The main symptom of CFS is extreme tiredness (fatigue), which is:
Lasts at least 6 months
Not relieved by bed rest
Severe enough to keep you from participating in certain activities
Other symptoms include:
Feeling extremely tired for more than 24 hours after exercise that would normally be considered easy
Feeling unrefreshed after sleeping for a proper amount of time
Joint pain but no swelling or redness
Headaches that differ from those you have had in the past
Mild fever (101 degrees F or less)
Muscle aches (myalgias)
Muscle weakness, all over or multiple locations, not explained by any known disorder
Sore lymph nodes in the neck or under the arms
The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unknown. Some theories suggest CFS may be due to Epstein-Barr virus or human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6); There are also some theories about the Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) 150 virus. However, no specific virus has been identified as the cause. Beyond these viruses, another theorized cause is inflammation in the nervous system due to a faulty immune system response. CFS is most commonly diagnosed in women ages 30 to 50.
It is suspected the following may also play a role in the development of CFS:
There is currently no cure for CFS from a medical perspective. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms, as many people with CFS suffer from depression and other psychological disorders that may improve with treatment.
Treatment may include various combinations of the following:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Sleep management techniques
Medications to reduce pain, discomfort, and fever
Medications to treat anxiety (anti-anxiety drugs)
Medications to treat depression (antidepressant drugs)
When medications are involved, remember that in some people they can cause reactions or side-effects that are worse than the original symptoms of the disease. Always know what to look for before taking any medication prescribed. Be sure to read the information that comes with your medication, especially the side-effects and complications associated with the medication.
Patients with CFS are encouraged to maintain active social lives and may find mild physical exercise to be helpful. Your health care team will help you figure out how much activity you can do, and how to slowly increase your activity.
CFS can be a terrible condition as you can end up to tired to really enjoy life. With the underlying causes unknown, and no traditional medical treatment available, many patients turn to a Holistic Chiropractor for help in managing their condition. Working with a Holistic Chiropractor can offer exceptional benefits, as using a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to addressing your health can lead to substantial life improvements. A properly developed personal treatment plan has demonstrated positive results.
We have also seen patients benefiting from Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Naturopathy when they followed the treatment guidelines set up by your practitioner. I will be happy to discussing what is involved, and the time commitment necessary for your personalized treatment. As traditional medical science continues to offer no solutions, if you or someone you love is suffering from CFS call me and I can help.
Avoiding doing too much on days when you feel tired
Balancing your time between activity, rest, and sleep
Breaking big tasks into smaller, more manageable ones
Spreading out more challenging tasks throughout the week
Relaxation and stress-reduction techniques can help manage chronic pain and fatigue.
Relaxation techniques include:
Deep breathing exercises
Muscle relaxation techniques
The long-term outlook for patients with CFS varies and is difficult to predict when symptoms first start. Some patients completely recover after 6 months to a year, while others may never feel like they did before they developed CFS again. There is hope though, as studies suggest that you are more likely to get better if you receive extensive rehabilitation.
Signs and tests
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describes CFS as a distinct disorder with specific symptoms and physical signs, based on ruling out other possible causes.
CFS is diagnosed after your health care provider rules out other possible causes of fatigue, including:
Immune or autoimmune disorders
Muscle or nerve diseases (such as multiple sclerosis)
Endocrine diseases (such as hypothyroidism)
Other illnesses (such as heart, kidney, or liver diseases)
Psychiatric or psychological illnesses, particularly depression
A diagnosis of CFS must include:
Absence of other causes of chronic fatigue
At least four CFS-specific symptoms
Extreme, long-term fatigue
There are no specific tests to confirm the diagnosis of CFS. However, there have been reports of CFS patients having abnormal results on Brain MRI and White blood cell count tests. However not all patients with CFS will show abnormal results and therefore these tests can only be of limited help in establishing a diagnosis. Research into CFS, how to fully diagnose, and how to treat it is still ongoing.
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your healthcare provider if you experience persistent, severe fatigue, with or without other symptoms of this disorder. Other more serious disorders can cause similar symptoms and should be ruled out.
Inability to participate in work and social activities, which can lead to isolation
Side effects to medication or treatments
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Developing a healthy lifestyle with proper guidance from your Holistic Chiropractor is the best prevention when considering how to approach your health. Addressing the underlying reason for your Chronic Fatigue and addressing all the ways your unique form manifests is the best thing you can do to restore your health and get on with your life. People have also benefited from acupuncture, Homeopathy and Naturopathy.
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