Saturday, February 6, 2021

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS Chronic Fatigue Immunodeficiency Syndrome)

See also Fibromyalgia.

CFIDS is usually a multicausal condition, meaning that there are many different facets of underlying cause each of which may or may not be having an effect on you. CFIDS can be a very frustrating problem, resistant to most orthodox medical treatments, and a severe test of a person's resolve to solve it. This is where alternative medicine can help. If you have CFIDS you will definitely want to seek the best alternative medicine professional you can find to help you walk through the maize of confusing proposed treatments that are available. The problem lies in identifying those causes and then correcting them. So often a physician will diagnose a person with CFIDS and/or fibromyalgia (FMS) (they are commonly found together in the same person) and to the physician, the diagnosis has been made, end of discussion. It is what has been termed a "dead end diagnosis". Physicians often fail to pursue the myriad of potential underlying causal factors leaving the patient to fend for him/herself. Rarely are such seemingly unrelated problems such as adrenal gland stress resulting in anxiety attacks considered as part of the chronic fatigue picture. To best organize this discussion, we will list below, in approximate order of significance, those potential causal factors each of which should be considered. Your physician will want to address them as well as others including lyme disease which may be appropriate but not on the list.

  • Intestinal dysbiosis, parasites, digestive disorders. Very important.
  • Food allergies
  • Candidia yeast infections or candidiasis
  • History of heavy metal intoxication, lead, cadmium, mercury, etc. including surgical metal implants.

Environmental allergy from insecticides, chemicals, sprays, etc. Note: intoxication from heavy metal or environmental chemicals can cause impairment of liver detoxification pathways leading to CFS symptoms.

  • Adrenal Axis-Stress
  • Hypoglycemia and reactive hypoglycemia
  • Neurotransmitter (chemical) imbalance
  • Hypothyroid
  • Wilson 's Syndrome (borderline hypothyroid)
  • Cyclical hormonal imbalance in females
  • Mercury toxicity from dental fillings. (Controversial, but possible).
  • Obesity

You can sort through the potential presence of these causal factors by completing an online Comprehensive Health Assessment which is discussed below. Once the causal factors have been identified they will be appropriately addressed by your practitioner. There is commonly a history of overuse of antibiotic therapy sometime in the life of a CFIDS patient resulting in candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) which by itself can create many of the symptoms. As you pursue the solution to your condition, try to look for medical, traumatic, emotional or environmental factors which may be contributory.

Laboratory tests which may be indicated are:

  • ELISA/ACT test for food and environmental allergies. ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies Lab.
  • Food Allergy Panel. Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab., Alletess Laboratories, Immunolabs.
  • Adrenal Cortisol/DHEA test. Great Smokies Lab, Diagnos Techs Lab.
  • ACT test. Diagnos Techs Lab.
  • Heavy metal hair analysis. Doctor's Data Lab.
  • Comprehensive Digestive and Stool Analysis. Great Smokies Lab, Meridian Valley Lab.
  • Female Hormone Profile. Great Smokies Lab.
  • Complete a Comprehensive Health Assessment which you will learn about at

his personal assessment is a great tool to address the underlying causes of CFIDS which we have discussed above. It will help you and your physician determine which of those causes may apply to you. It is inexpensive and conveniently done online. We strongly recommend it to all CFIDS patients.

There is an emerging body of medical evidence that associated chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia symptoms with Lyme disease. We suggest you type Lyme disease in your search engines for web sites that can inform you about this important subject.

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