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Chronic Fatigue/ME/FM

Also called post-viral fatigue CFS and ME(  ) and Fibromyalgia produce common symptoms and all are chronic problems with physical and some mental fatigue as their core symptoms. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a somewhat mysterious disease in which the affected individual feels extreme fatigue over a prolonged period of time. While we are all familiar with the occasional day where we seem to lack energy, CFS is far more complex and severe. The telling characteristic is the relative  recovery period after moderate use of energy. Those with CFS can take days to recover compared with a matter of minutes or hours prior to the condition. The feeling of exhaustion experienced in chronic fatigue syndrome does not disappear with rest and normal nutritional support, and may to get worse over time. Disconcertingly, those with CFS can ‘look’ particularly well!

Whilst there are blood tests that can diagnose cellular aspects and deficiencies  of ME that do not automatically provide a therapeutic solution to ME/chronic fatigue syndrome/FM.

  • Persistent or recurrent mental and physical fatigue that cannot be explained or relieved by rest

  • Extreme exhaustion following physical activity that may last up to 24 hours.

  • Poor sleep, insomnia or vivid dreams

  • Pain, including muscle and or joint pain, frequent headaches, abdominal pain, chest pain or non-localized nerve pain

  • Cold or Flu-like symptoms including sore throat, tender lymph nodes, and a general feeling of sickness.

  • Cognitive symptoms which may include confusion, memory loss or forgetfulness, mental fatigue or ‘brain fog’, and impaired concentration

  • Perceptual and sensory disturbances such as disorientation, clumsiness, photophobia or sensitivity to noise

  • Palpitations or arrhythmias

  • Nausea

  • Lightheadedness or feelings of dizziness

  • Changes in appetite (poor appetite or increased appetite) often resulting in weight-gain or weight-loss.

  • Poor temperature control

    While there is no definite identifiable cause of these disorders, some theories suggest that the CFS  may be related to a number of other medical conditions such as:

  • Anaemia (low iron in blood)

  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)

  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

  • Environmental toxicity

  • Allergies (which might aggravate CFS symptoms)

  • Candidiasis

  • Immune deficiency

  • Adrenal fatigue

  • Post viral infection

    Since there is no identifiable cause for chronic fatigue, and the physiology of the syndrome remains unknown, treatment often aims at relieving symptoms and teaching the patient to cope with the illness. Naturopathic techniques and other related therapies seem to offer more prospects. Many CFS patients are particularly sensitive to medications (especially those related to the central nervous system) and the wrong medication or dosage has been known to aggravate symptoms.

    If there are indications of post-viral fatigue then the earlier actions can be taken, then it is less likely that CFS will develop and anecdotally, the introduction of antibiotics could increase the likelihood of CFS. Early support for the liver, the immune system and the adrenal system may assist recovery. Avoiding foods that are causing any intolerance is important. Use of juice, or raw green foods will be supportive plus avoiding too many fruits whose sugar content challenges the immune system. Ubiquinol is the preferred supplement to support the adrenal function along with Siberian ginseng. These may reduce brain fog associated with CFS.

    If there are indications of low blood pressure then consider liquorice, potassium and possibly some iodine.