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Dr. Betty Keller
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Chronic Fatigue (Definition)

What is the definition or description of: Chronic fatigue? ANS: The definition is too long for this space. Google national guidelines for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and you will find the specific items needed to define chronic fatigue syndrome. They ...Read more


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How can a person with chronic fatigue syndrome get more energetic?

How can a person with chronic fatigue syndrome get more energetic?

Many tests: You need to be evaluated for sleep pattern disruptions, metabolic abnormalities, immune system dysfunctions, inadequate nutrition, chronic infections, insufficient hormone levels, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, psychological issues and many more. It's difficult to evaluate and treat. There are many things that can help. ...Read more

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How could a person with chronic fatigue syndrome get more energy?

Consider meds: By making sure there are no other underlying causes and then considering meds which can significantly reduce the fatigue. ...Read more

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How does a person get chronic fatigue syndrome?

How does a person get chronic fatigue syndrome?

See details: The cause of cfs is unknown. It is a diagnosis of exclusion after all other medical causes of fatigue have been eliminated. If you have sleep issues, you may want to consider a sleep study. Have you had a workup to eliminate all other causes of fatigue? If not, do so. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get chronic fatigue syndrome, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get chronic fatigue syndrome, or is it unusual?

Uncommon: Depending upon the study, the incidence in adults varies from1 per 1000 to up to 20 per 1000. The data is clouded a little by the fact that it is -chronic- and so some people probably get counted more often and since the symptoms vary significantly, some who meet the criteria do not get counted as they dismiss their symptoms. ...Read more

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Just had dinner with friends. They said a classmate just got diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. I didn't know what to say. Why would someone get that?

Just had dinner with friends. They said a classmate just got diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. I didn't know what to say. Why would someone get that?

Just commiserate: This is a mysterious condition in which seemingly normal persons develop severe fatigue. It is often overdiagnosed, and sometimes may actually be a manifestation of depression or other illnesses. There is some suggestion that human herpesvirus 6 may cause this, but unfortunately there is no known effective therapy at present. There also very few ways to prove the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Please help, what can I do to get my spouse to understand about my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Please help, what can I do to get my spouse to understand about my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

RU being treated?: If you are receiving treatment for this disabling condition, ask your husband to go with you to your next appt. Your doc can help him realise that it's a serious chronic illllness. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Controversial: Some docs think that cfs does not exist. Others say it exists but we can prove you have it. No test proves you have it. Just about all adult humans will test positive for epstein barr virus, so that is not proof either. No great treatments exist as far as medications are concerned. Diet, exercise and stress reduction are remarkably effective when you do all three. ...Read more

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I have idiopathic small fiber neuropathy & i've also had horrible tiredness that won't get better. Are sfn &chronic fatigue syndrome seen together?

I have idiopathic small fiber neuropathy & i've also had horrible tiredness that won't get better. Are sfn  &chronic fatigue syndrome seen together?

Yes: Devanshi gupta, md, and john harney, md, neurologists at dallas neurological associates, richardson, texas, paper, reviewed 48 patients who underwent skin biopsy for small fiber neuropathy. 30 patients had a painful condition, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain syndrome or some combination of the above. Of these, 13 (43%) had evidence of small fiber neuropathy. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Definition)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by severe fatigue lasting longer than six months for which no underlying cause has been found. Chronic fatigue gets worse with strenuous physical or mental activity. Rest does not seem to ...Read more


Dr. Michael Rothman
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Lethargy (Definition)

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