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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has grown and in frequency in recent years. This mysterious and complex disorder can be debilitating to most sufferers and a cause has yet to be discovered. This complex disorder is characterized by extreme fatigue that does not improve with rest and often times is worsened with physical or mental exertion. CFS can often times go overlooked or misdiagnosed because it's symptoms mirror so many other illnesses. Fatigue itself may be a symptom of hundreds of conditions. So how do you determine it may be CFS? People with CFS function at a much lower level of activity than they were once capable of before they developed the condition. Many of your personal, social, work-related and other activities show significant reduction and some of the following symptoms are recurring for at least six months:
*Increased malaise or extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exertion lasting more than 24 hours
*Difficulties with memory (especially short term memory) and concentration
*Muscle pain or join pain without swelling or redness
*Tender lymph nodes in neck or armpit
*Recurring sore throat
If these symptoms have not occurred before the first fatigue and persist for at least 6 months or more, you should ask your doctor if CFS is a possibility. They can often rule other illnesses first with diagnostic testing. Although symptoms do not define CFS nor contribute to the diagnosis of, many people also have the following symptoms:
*abdominal pain *alcohol intolerance *bloating *chest pain *chronic cough *diarrhea *dizziness *dry eyes or mouth *earaches *jaw pain *morning stiffness *nausea *night sweats *psychological problems (anxiety, depression, irritability, panic attacks) *shortness of breath, tingling skin sensations, weight loss
Some experts say that CFS may be triggered by a number of factors, ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. There is still no single test to confirm the diagnosis of CFS and the treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms. Other possible causes may include immune support problems or abnormal blood levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus , pituitary or adrenal glands.
Some factors may increase your risk including:
*Age-most commonly occurs in people in their 40s & 50s
*Sex-Woman are more likely than men to develop CFS
*Lifestyle-being overweight, inactive and overly stressed increase risk
Some questions to expect from your doctor:
1. What are your symptoms and when did they begin?
2. Does anything make your symptoms better or worse?
3. Any problems with memory or concentration?
4. Problems sleeping?
5. Ever feel depressed or anxious? If so how often?
6. How much do your symptoms limit you ability to function?
7. What trWhile there is no single test to diagnose doctors may rule out other illnesses such as:
*sleep disorders (sleep apnea, RLS or insomnia) using sleep studies *medical problems (anemia, diabetes, hypothyroid. etc-using blood tests *mental health (depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.)
You can find out more information about treatment, education and more at www.cdc.gov and www.mayoclinic.com
Some say CFS is caused by Candia overgrowth in the body as well as inflammation & auto-immune illnesses. Candida with is a fungus (yeast) found naturally in the body but if you have a weakened immune systems is can multiply exponentially and cause a damaging effect on the body. Some use a raw foods diet, green drinks, juices, essential oils and coconuts which are natural mold and fungus killers help to control their CFS symptoms.
A typical green drink:
*One young coconut including meat and water
*2 cups organic spinach
*handful of blueberries (optional)
*Blend until smooth
Essential oils that help treat CFS: *Frankincense *Oregano *Peppermint *Thyme *On Guard see how to use these at www.everythingessential.me and search CFS protocols
Diet is important, ask your doctor about trying to avoid sugar and sugar substitutes, anything canned or processed, food colorings, dairy, fungus & yeast products such as mushrooms, bread and cheese. Meats and anything white (white flour, milk, sugar white rice, etc) may also want to be avoided
Please take care and as always Be Well.
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