Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "chronic fatigue syndrome" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Lymphatic Congestion
  • Low Serotonin
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Immune System Imbalance
  • Stress
  • Liver Congestion
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
somewhat disturbed sleep
numb/burning/tingling extremities
positive results from coffee enemas
severe tinnitus
severe vision disturbances
hydrogenated fat consumption
high sensitivity to bright light
history of chronic thyroiditis
indoor allergies
slight stiff neck
slightly tight muscles
afternoon headaches
... and more than 200 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of chronic fatigue syndrome:
Cause Probability Status
Candida / Yeast 97% Confirm
Liver Congestion 23% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 13% Unlikely
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 1% Ruled out
Immune System Imbalance 1% Ruled out
Stress 1% Ruled out
Lymphatic Congestion 0% Ruled out
Low Serotonin 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate being fatigued, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Have you ever been diagnosed with this condition?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, but it has since resolved
→ Yes, it is a current tolerable problem
→ Yes, I can no longer lead a normal life
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of CFS diagnosis, history of CFS diagnosis or having a CFS diagnosis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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