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:
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Lymphatic Congestion
  • Low Serotonin
  • Immune System Imbalance
  • Liver Congestion
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Stress
  • 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:
craving and eating wheat
numb/burning/tingling extremities
poor cold weather tolerance
frequent sore throats
liver/gallbladder cleanses help
dark areas under eyes
undigested fat in stools
history of candidiasis
eyelid twitch
Addison's disease
history of sinusitis
multiple swollen axillary 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
Immune System Imbalance 98% Confirm
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 24% Unlikely
Liver Congestion 15% Unlikely
Stress 3% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 2% Ruled out
Lymphatic Congestion 1% Ruled out
Low Serotonin 1% Ruled out
Candida / Yeast 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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