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Please explain chronic fatigue syndrome?

Please explain chronic fatigue syndrome?

Interfers- activity: Chronic fatigue syndrome or cfs is essentially is too much fatigue to function in your daily life. The fatigue interfers with your activities and stops you from doing them. It is defined as a "debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity." - reference cdc website cdc/gov/cfs. ...Read more

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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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What causes fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome?

What causes fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome?

No one thing: Hi. We do not know what causes either condition, so right now, your guess is as good as mine (or anyone else's). My belief is it's a constellation of causes, not any one thing. ...Read more

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How is chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosed?

How is chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosed?

By symptoms: There is no diagnostic test. Tests, including a sleep study, are done to eliminate other causes of fatigue. ...Read more

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What causes past mono/chronic fatigue syndrome?

What causes past mono/chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue: Given that extensive labs, imaging, and all medical causes have been ruled out, you may want to try stimulants if you dont have a history of addictions. I have seen Provigil work well but again this would off label use, consult an expert. ...Read more

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What is chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs) all about?

Many things: This is multifactorial and requires a csi like approach for diagnosis and treatment. Treatment should focus on adequate sleep patterns, hormone balance, treatment of chronic infections, rethinking nutrition and excercise. ...Read more

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What tests can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome?

None: There are no tests to diagnosis cfs but there are tests that can diagnose other diseases that can mimic the symptoms of cfs. Have a doctor evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called chronic fatigue syndrome (c.F.S.).?

Still a mystery: Chronic fatigue syndrome refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. As part of the definition of cfs other conditions known to cause fatigue are not present. The cause of cfs is still a mystery but there is often evidence of immune dysfunction and many theorize it is caused by viruses. Please see my comments for more:. ...Read more

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Treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Treat the DISEASE: Chronic fatigue syndrome is exactly that -- a syndrome. There is a specific disease behind every syndrome. Treat the disease. ...Read more

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Any help with chronic fatigue syndrome!?

Provigil and Nuvigil: These drugs help symptomatically, but studies have shown that people with cfs are relatively deconditioned. If this is applicable to you, you will be more fatigued during any exertional activity. Excercise is the best medicine. ...Read more

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Whats chronic compartment syndrome?

Whats chronic compartment syndrome?

Same as exertional: Chronic compartment syndrome is the same as exertional compartment syndrome. It is when the pressure from the muscle compartment in the shin is high. It causes pain in the front of the shin after activity or exercise and it typically is relieved after rest. Some patients report numbness and tingling to the front of the foot as well. It can be experienced in any kind of sport that involves running. ...Read more

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How can you diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome?

See details: It is a diagnosis of exclusion. There are no specific tests for cfs. Tests are done to eliminate other causes of fatigue. ...Read more

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Who can tell I have chronic fatigue syndrome?

Who can tell I have chronic fatigue syndrome?

Family doctor: If you have fatigue and mental slowness which do not seem to go away (and there are many other symptoms possible) you should see your family doctor to sort this out. He will rule out other conditions like hypothyroid which can mimic this condition which is a diagnosis of exclusion since there are no positive laboratory tests. ...Read more

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Any "cures" for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Any "cures" for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Get evaluated: First get a good evaluation to rule out underlying causes for your fatigue. A complete history and physical along with appropriate tests, including cbc, chem, thyroid tests including thyroid antibodies, cpk, rf, ana, parvo, ebv, and lyme. Depending on your history and risk factors additional studies may be ordered. Treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to treat chronic fatigue syndrome?

How to treat chronic fatigue syndrome?

See your doctor. : You need to exercise on a regular basis. See your doctor as there are medications that may help as well. ...Read more

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How can I deal with chronic fatigue syndrome?

How can I deal with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Many things!: Exercise. Most chronic fatigue patients are whoefully deconditioned. It makes no difference: chicken or egg. Exercise has been shown to lessen fatigue. Sleep regular hours, but do not over sleep. Finally, your doctor can prescribed low dose Nuvigil or provigil. ...Read more

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Which symptoms consistant with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Which symptoms consistant with chronic fatigue syndrome?

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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Would rsd/crps cause chronic fatigue?

Would rsd/crps cause chronic fatigue?

Association: Admittedly, i'm not an expert in chronic fatigue syndrome. I think chronic fatigue is a common comorbidity or associated syndrome of complex regional pain syndrome (reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia), rather than a cause. Sympathetic involvement may be the common link; hopefully an expert in both conditions could contribute more. ...Read more

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Can osteoarthritis be related to chronic fatigue syndrome aswell?

Chronic fatigue synd: Osteoarthritis stands for degenerative joint disease and is a separate entity by itself and has no bearing or relationship to chronic fatigue syndrome . How ever it is possible for a patient with osteoarthritis to develop chronic fatigue syndrome which is an entire disorder by itself. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about chronic fatigue syndrome - real physical illness or imaginary?

What can you tell me about chronic fatigue syndrome - real physical illness or imaginary?

Fatigue: It could be real or imaginary. First see your doctor who will take your history, examine you, and order labs. It is also likely that your doctor would refer you to a psychologist for advice and care. ...Read more

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My doctor diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome. Just checking - what's the best treatment.?

Some help: This condition is often associated with depression, which if treated adequately can help the fatigue symptoms. Also, in some cases, medications such as those for attention deficit disorders may help. Gentle, daily exercise is important. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia. Seek doctor with extensive interest, knowledge and experience. Thanks?

Many issues: Based on what you wrote it is likely you will need more than one specialist. Start with your own doctor who will review your medical history, examine you, order labs, and then make future management decisions including referral. ...Read more

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What doctors can help me with my chronic fatigue syndrome?

Depends: There are number of options for chronic fatigue syndrome but the important thing is to rule out organic causes for your symptoms. There are some physicians who have more experience on cfs but treatment modalities vary quite a bit from allopathic to alternative medicine. It's up to you and your physician to find the best treatment plan for yourself to manage the symptoms and recover from cfs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome?

See details: Often there is no recovery but there can be effective treatments that control the symptoms. ...Read more

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Any help with chronic fatigue syndrome!?

Provigil and Nuvigil: These drugs help symptomatically, but studies have shown that people with cfs are relatively deconditioned. If this is applicable to you, you will be more fatigued during any exertional activity. Excercise is the best medicine. ...Read more

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How can you help someone with chronic fatigue syndrome?

How can you help someone with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Evaluation: First someone with fatigue should get a complete evaluation to rule out causes for their fatigue. Including tests for anemia, thyroid, infections and autoimmune. An integrative approach addressing lifestyle, diet, exercise and stress. A whole food antinflammatory diet, exercise and stress reducing techinigues are a good place to start. Supplements and medications may also be indicated. ...Read more

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What is good medication for chronic fatigue syndrome cfs?

Provigil/Nuvigil: These drugs work well for fatigue of any cause. I like Modafinil (provigil) more than nuvigil, which is more potent by a factor of two. And, you need to find the cause for fatigue and attempt to rectify it. Remeber, most people with chronic fatigue are deconditioned because they don't exercise. It is the simplest best medicine for cfs. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome like cher?

Yes: As a physician who treats a number of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs), i can tell you that yes, some patients do recover. However, it is a process and typically doesn't happen overnight. The most important step in recovery is determining what is causing or worsening your symptoms. There are a large number of causes, and you should see a physician who specializes in cfs for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is anyone out there treating someone with cfs-chronic fatigue syndrome?

Is anyone out there treating someone with cfs-chronic fatigue syndrome?

Find & Rx cause: Yes, chronic fatigue syndrome is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors impair the patient's ability to produce energy and they end up chronically fatigued. There are numerous internal & external stressors that can contribute to this syndrome. Find & rx. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome that people have?

Multi system: This condition, perhaps as a sequel to a viral illness, causes tiredness, muscle aching, joint pain and mental fatigue. More common in women, it can affect all age groups, responds poorly to medication, and in extreme cases leaves the patient mostly bedridden. There is no laboratory testing that makes the diagnosis. There are strong psychological underpinnings. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has chronic fatigue syndrome. How long does chronic mean it will last?

My girlfriend has chronic fatigue syndrome. How long does chronic mean it will last?

Indefinite: The chronic in this diagnosis means many years. No one knows for sure and therapy is rather ineffective so patients with this condition have to put up with it for what seems like a lifetime. ...Read more

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Any "cures" for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Get evaluated: First get a good evaluation to rule out underlying causes for your fatigue. A complete history and physical along with appropriate tests, including cbc, chem, thyroid tests including thyroid antibodies, cpk, rf, ana, parvo, ebv, and lyme. Depending on your history and risk factors additional studies may be ordered. Treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Gf has chronic fatigue syndrome, what is it?

Gf has chronic fatigue syndrome, what is it?

Many things: This is multifactorial and requires a csi like approach for diagnosis and treatment. Treatment should focus on adequate sleep patterns, hormone balance, treatment of chronic infections, rethinking nutrition and excercise. ...Read more

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What are the trestments of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Identify cause!: Poor sleep, depression, chronic viral illness, autoimmune diseases, anemia, all can cause this. The medication i favour for symptomatic relief is Provigil or nuvigil. ...Read more

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What would it feel like to have chronic fatigue syndrome?

What would it feel like to have chronic fatigue syndrome?

See below: Medically unexplaned fatigue for over 6 months not relieved by rest and interfering with normal activities plus 4 or more of the following: impared memory/concentration sore throat tender neck or axillary lymph nodes muscle pain multijoint pain new headaches unrefreshing sleep postexertion malaise. ...Read more

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Please explain chronic fatigue syndrome?

Interfers- activity: Chronic fatigue syndrome or cfs is essentially is too much fatigue to function in your daily life. The fatigue interfers with your activities and stops you from doing them. It is defined as a "debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity." - reference cdc website cdc/gov/cfs. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Definition)

A condition in which a person experiences severe fatigue that lasts longer than six months for which no underlying cause can be found, and which limits strenuous ...Read more