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
  • Liver Congestion
  • Stress
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Immune System Imbalance

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:
low alcohol consumption
inability to work under pressure
history of non-vaginal candidiasis
difficulty swallowing
cysts in breasts
having asthma
discomfort caused by mold/mustiness
male characteristics
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
bulimia
history of sinusitis
swollen inguinal nodes
... 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
Stress 95% Confirm
Lymphatic Congestion 24% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 22% Unlikely
Low Serotonin 3% Ruled out
Candida / Yeast 2% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 0% Ruled out
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 0% Ruled out
Immune System Imbalance 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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