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
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Liver Congestion

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:
being a recovering alcoholic
moderate afternoon/evening fatigue
loss of appetite
deformed toenails
meal-related bloating
cold sores
occasional runny nose
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
severe afternoon/evening fatigue
recent death of a loved one
oily hair
history of sinusitis
... 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
Lymphatic Congestion 93% Confirm
Liver Congestion 24% Unlikely
Stress 21% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 3% Ruled out
Low Serotonin 2% Ruled out
Immune System Imbalance 2% Ruled out
Candida / Yeast 0% Ruled out
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 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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