Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

A disorder of unknown cause that lasts for prolonged periods and causes extreme and debilitating exhaustion as well as a wide range of other symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache and joint pain, often resembling flu and other viral infections.  Also known as Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus (CEBV), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), "Yuppy Flu" and other names, it is frequently misdiagnosed as hypochondria, psychosomatic illness, or depression, because routine medical tests do not detect any problems.

Also: CFS, Chronic Fatigue

Topics Related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

...as a treatment
“...Deficiency symptoms include anorexia, cardiogenic shock, congestive heart failure, chronic fatigue, damaged heart tissue, heart attack, hypo-glycemia (low blood sugar), muscle disorders, muscular dystrophy, muscle weakness, myoglobinuria (high breakdown of muscle cells), obesity,...”

Anemia

...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“If anemia is identified as a problem then the likelihood of CFS is reduced...”

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...dizziness, tremors, migraines and severe headaches (triggered or caused by chronic intake), memory loss (common toxicity effect), slurring of speech, confusion, numbness or tingling of extremities, chronic fatigue, depression, insomnia, irritability, panic attacks (common aspartame toxicity reaction), marked personality changes, phobias, rapid heart beat (tachycardia - another frequent...”

More topics Related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Biotin

...as a treatment
“...IMMUNE SYSTEM: Chronic fatigue...”

Biotin Requirement

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: Deficiency symptoms include anemia, chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, impairment of fat metabolism, irregular heartbeat, impaired cognitive skills, anorexia, baldness, alopecia, insomnia, depression, drowsiness, hallucinations, muscle...”

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

...the condition
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is described as a severe, debilitating fatigue, lasting at least six months (of new and definite onset), associated with at least four of the following symptoms...”
...our question about Quality of sleep
“Based on doctors' estimates, sleep disturbances are experienced by approximately 75% of Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia sufferers...”
...relationship to Gulf War Illness
“Although there is not yet a case definition for Gulf War Illness, the chronic signs and symptoms loosely fit the clinical criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia Syndrome...”
...relationship to Hypercoagulation (Thickened Blood)
“Studies show that 79-92% of CFS/FMS patients have a hypercoagulation defect...”
...relationship to Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance)
CFS patients are Th2 activated...”
...relationship to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
“Research has shown that IBS frequently co-exists with CFS and fibromyalgia...”
...relationship to Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement
“In one evaluation of 200 Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia patients it was found that 80% had a significant impairment of liver detoxification function...”
...relationship to Environmental Illness / MCS
“MCS is a distinct illness that many times is diagnosed secondarily to CFS and/or fibromyalgia...”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“See the link between Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia and Raw Food Diet...”
...recommendation against Aerobic Exercise
“Exercise is often a problem for people with CFS because physical activity can worsen symptoms...”
...recommendation Surgery
“Some dentists report treating chronic fatigue and arthritic pain by removing infected bone in the third molar area...”
...recommendation Dental Metal Removal
“Hypersensitivity to dental metals and nickel is frequent in patients with CFS and MCS-like syndromes...”
...recommendation Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance
“According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia among other conditions can be triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame...”
...recommendation Therapeutic Fasting
“Fasting is reported to help in cases of fibromyalgia, but probably not chronic fatigue syndrome...”

Colloidal Silver

...as a treatment
“...for benefits in the following conditions: Acne*, allergies, arthritis - some types*, athletes foot*, bad breath, bladder infections, cystitis*, bleeding gums, boils*, burns*, candida*, canker sores, chronic fatigue, colds, colitis*, conjunctivitis*, cornea injury*, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, diabetes*, diarrhea*, digestive aid, diphtheria, dysentery, ear infections*, eczema - various...”

Colon Cleansing

...as a treatment
“...While some hydrotherapists believe colonics lead to better overall wellness, others claim it helps specific diseases such as chronic fatigue, arthritis, and sinusitis...”

DHEA

...as a treatment
“...In over 2,500 medical references regarding this substance, there are some excellent articles in the prevention of cancer, arteriosclerosis, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, hypercholesterolemia, depression and osteoporosis...”

Electrical Hypersensitivity

...the condition
“...Other at-risk groups for developing ES seem to be CFS patients and those experiencing mercury toxicity from dental amalgams...”

Environmental Illness / MCS

...recommendation Dental Metal Removal
“Hypersensitivity to dental metals and nickel is frequent in patients with CFS and MCS-like syndromes...”

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

...the condition
“...In the early 1990s several papers were published that described patients with CFS and serologic test results consistent with reactivated or persistent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection...”

Fish Oils

...as a treatment
“...that fish oil, or its constituents, might be helpful for treating depression, preventing premature birth, improving vision in premature babies, treating kidney stones, alleviating the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, and reducing the risk of prostate cancer...”

Gulf War Illness

...the condition
“...1289-94] Although there is not yet a case definition for Gulf War Illness, the chronic signs and symptoms loosely fit the clinical criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia Syndrome...”
...recommendation Antibiotics
“Scientists at The Institute for Molecular Medicine have found that slightly under one-half of the very sick Gulf War Illness patients in a pilot study with the signs and symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia have chronic invasive infections involving certain uncommon mycoplasmas, such as Mycoplasma fermentans (incognitus strain)...”

Heavy Metal Toxicity

...the condition
“...Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include mental confusion, pain in muscles and joints, headaches, short-term memory loss, gastrointestinal upsets, food intolerances/allergies, vision problems, chronic fatigue, and others...”

Hyperbaric Oxygen

...as a treatment
“...Claims about the alternative use of HBOT include that it destroys disease-causing microorganisms, cures cancer, alleviates chronic fatigue syndrome, and decreases allergy symptoms...”

Hypercoagulation (Thickened Blood)

...the condition
“...This list currently includes CFS/FMS, myofascial pain syndrome, osteonecrosis of the jaw, fetal loss, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Sjogren's syndrome, IBS, Lyme disease, autism, gulf war illness and ADD...”

Hypothyroidism

...the condition
“...Chronic low body temperature is related to many syndromes and symptoms, including: allergies, apathy, chronic fatigue, "brain fog", "personal failure", depression, dizziness, hypoglycemia, lethargy, passive/aggressive syndromes, skin and joint conditions, sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction, past...”

Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance)

...the condition
“...These include AIDS, CFS, candidiasis, multiple allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), viral hepatitis, gulf war illness, cancer and other illnesses...”

LDN - Low Dose Naltrexone

...as a treatment
“... ... Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: The presence of chronic fatigue is a frequent symptom...”

Liver Detoxification Phase II Support

...as a treatment
“...In some cases this combination is believed to be the cause of marked environmental sensitivities, drug intolerances and interactions that characterize many chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia patients...”

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

...the condition
“...An individual with adrenal exhaustion will usually suffer from chronic fatigue, may complain of feeling stressed-out or anxious, and will typically have a reduced resistance to allergies and infection...”

Low Back Pain

...recommendation Surgery
“...Chronic fatigue and arthritic pain disappear in many patients with these conditions after removing dental infections...”

Lymphatic Congestion

...the condition
“...are examples that are reported to improve through improved lymphatic drainage: Allergies, prostatitis, chronic sinusitis, heart disease, eczema and other skin conditions, fibrocystic disease, chronic fatigue, repetitive parasitic infections, MS, edema, lupus erythematosis, inflammation, high blood pressure, bacterial infections, viral infections, puffy eyes, low back pain, cancer, ear or...”

Magnesium Malate

...as a treatment
“...Because malic acid plays a key role in the production of energy in the mitochondria, it is often recommended with magnesium for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome...”

Meyer's Cocktail

...as a treatment
“...Why it is Recommended: The "cocktail" is indicated for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, muscle spasm, asthma, hives, allergic rhinitis, congestive heart failure, angina, ischemic vascular disease, acute infections, and senile dementia...”

MGN-3

...as a treatment
“...Why it is Recommended: MGN-3 can be used adjunctively or alone against various cancers, Hepatitis C, chronic fatigue syndrome...”

Migraine/Tension Headaches

...relationship to Environmental Illness / MCS
“Central nervous system dysfunction is common, resulting in headaches, chronic fatigue, poor short term memory, hyperactivity, and increased appetite leading to food cravings and overeating...”

Muscle Pains (Myalgia)

...the condition
“...Longer-term myalgia may indicate a metabolic myopathy, nutritional deficiencies or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...”

NADH

...as a treatment
“...There is preliminary evidence suggesting that NADH might be useful in Parkinson's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular disease...”

Noni

...as a treatment
“...] Some sufferers from immune-compromising diseases such as AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome use noni to boost immune system function...”

Olive Leaf Extract

...as a treatment
“...Olive leaf extract can be helpful in the treatment of the common cold, flu, chronic fatigue, cold sores (herpes), possibly HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ear infections, eye infections, nose and throat infections, impetigo, pink eye, parasites, and a host of bacterial,...”

Oregon Grape Root

...as a treatment
“...Traditional uses of Oregon grape include: acne, arthritis, bronchial congestion, chronic fatigue, eczema, hepatitis, herpes, hypoglycemia, indigestion, lymphatic congestion, menstrual problems, psoriasis, scrofula, syphilis, and vaginitis...”

Parasite Infection

...the condition
“...Signs and Symptoms: Parasites are responsible for many ill health conditions including diarrhoea, gastrointestinal upset, vaginal irritation, joint pain, nervous diseases, immune dysfunction and chronic fatigue...”

Pregnenolone

...as a treatment
“...Chronic fatigue plagues millions today, and pregnenolone may help...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...the condition
“...Effects of Estrogen Dominance ... When estrogen is not balanced by progesterone, it can produce weight gain, headaches, bad temper, chronic fatigue and loss of interest in sex - all of which are part of the clinically recognized premenstrual syndrome...”

Raynaud's Phenomenon

...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“Raynaud's phenomenon is found in between 30% to 50% of CFS/FMS sufferers...”

S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe)

...as a treatment
“...Both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome respond very well to this chemical in many cases...”

TMG (Tri-methyl-glycine)

...as a treatment
“...Chronic fatigue syndrome: Greater mental alertness and energy, improves immune dysfunction...”

TMJ Problems

...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“TMJ disorders occur more often among those with CFS...”

Vinegar

...as a treatment
“...Vinegar in drinking water is effective in eliminating the low-grade fevers that are present in Chronic Fatigue sufferers...”

Vulvodynia / Vestibulitis

...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“...The guaifenesin therapy for chronic fatigue enhances oxalate crystal excretion which has been shown to be beneficial in vulvodynia also...”

Weakened Immune System

...the condition
“...sclerosis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders in general, primary chronic polyarthritis, chronic candidiasis, cancer, neurodermatitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, food and other allergies, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and chemical sensitivities...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...The symptoms include: muscle aches, sore/stiff joints, fatigue, problems with particular organs, recurrent urinary tract infections, serious illnesses (Asthma, ADHD, Diabetes, MS, Arthritis, CFS, Fibromyalgia)...”