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

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

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 is the best treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome? I have seen many physicians and having difficulty getting the right support!

Rx: Certain medications may help. I would search the internet for physicians in your area that specialize in chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs). Cfs is a designation given to chronic fatigue of unknown etiology. It is neither an autoimmune nor a rheumatologic condition. However, routine causes of fatigue must be ruled out first (anemia, hypothyroidism, etc.). ...Read more

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What is it like to have chronic fatigue syndrome? Is there treatment?

What is it like to have chronic fatigue syndrome? Is there treatment?

Chronic fatigue: If you are asking that question you likely have that condition. There are many causes and complications. Without waiting too long make an appointment to see your doctor and find out what is going on. It may take some time to decide what is happening and how to treat it - all the more reason to go soon. ...Read more

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What is it like to have chronic fatigue syndrome? Is there treatment?

Chronic fatigue: If you have chronic fatigue syndrome you must know what it feels like. The treatment should be based on your physical exam and lab tests. You might also need to see a Physiologist if your doctor's visit does not find a cause for your symptoms. ...Read more

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What can you recommend for treatment or managing chronic fatigue syndrome for rapid and everyday relief?

What can you recommend for treatment or managing chronic fatigue syndrome for rapid and everyday relief?

Healthy diet, excerc: A complete evaluation is needed to make sure you don't have any underlying cause. Get your vitamin levels checked, specially vit. D, b-1, 2-6-12. Look out got gluten senstivity.
Even though you are tired, do 20-30 min exercise 3 x a day. Plenty of water. ...Read more

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What are the best resources available for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Is there a listing of doctors that specialize in CFS treatment?

What are the best resources available for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Is there a listing of doctors that specialize in CFS treatment?

Yes: There is the chronic fatigue Society of America which has a website that you can look up.
I also found the following link which I did not know about called the chronic fatigue and immune deficiency syndrome Association of America which is a Wikipedia entry:

http://en. M.wikipedia. Org/wiki/Chronic_Fatigue_Immune_Dysfunction_Syndrome_Association_of_America


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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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Possible chronic fatigue syndrome and noticeable REM rebound on sleep apnea treatment. Will taking antidepressants aggravate symptoms of both?

Possible chronic fatigue syndrome and noticeable REM rebound on sleep apnea treatment. Will taking antidepressants aggravate symptoms of both?

REM Rebound: Rem rebound is common when treatment for sleep apnea is started. Antidepressants will sometimes decrease rem sleep. They will not worsen rem rebound. They may indeed be helpful in chronic fatigue. It is also possible that your chronic fatigue may improve with sleep apnea treatment. A lot depends upon whether your fatigue is physical tiredness or sleepiness. Best wishes to you and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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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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Are there any treatments are medications that can at least help patients with Chronic fatigue syndrome?

Are there any treatments are medications that can at least help patients with Chronic fatigue syndrome?

Yes: Those are several meds that can provide reasonable benefit you also should have a sleep study done to see if sleep issues can be the cause of the fatigue. See a rheumatologist for all of these issues. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Is there a cure for chronic fatigue syndrome?

No: However, there are meds which can be very effective. I strongly urge a sleep study to make sure that sleep issues are not the cause of the fatigue. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Is there a cure for chronic fatigue syndrome?

FATIGUE EVAL: CFS IS A DX OF EXCLUSION You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. Start a. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach. Com gutbliss. Com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science. Com Then review results if no firm diagnosis is made, a sleep study may be necessary. LASTLY EBV&CMV TITERS TX VALTRX/FAMVIR can help Pts with VERY HIGH TOTERS ...Read more

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

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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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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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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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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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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Can there be pain involved with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Can there be pain involved with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Not really: Cfs is about fatigue. When there is significant pain with the fatigue, think about fibromyalgia or other possibilities. ...Read more

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How can a person know if they have chronic fatigue syndrome?

See details: If you have severe unremitting fatifue and all underlying causes have been ruled out. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for someone with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Evaluate and treat: First of all, you need a medical evaluation and lab work to look for underlying causes of fatigue. The workup often includes a sleep study if nothing is found, there are medications which can often produce good benefit. ...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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I think I have chronic fatigue syndrome. How would I find out if that is my symptom?

See details: Fatigue is your symptom when you have cfs. However, you need to rule out other causes of fatigue so have a doctor evaluated the situation. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how do I know if I have chronic fatigue syndrome and what are the symptoms?

See details: Only if you have severe unremitting fatigue and all other causes of fatigue have been ruled out. ...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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Is headache a common symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Is headache a common symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Yes: There is a fair amount of overlap between chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and chronic daily headache syndromes. Patients with of them commonly report headaches and difficulty falling asleep. ...Read more

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What's the best way to manage fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

What's the best way to manage fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Talk to your doctor: Avoid the use of narcotic analgesics. Consider an antidepressant such as Effexor (venlafaxine) or Cymbalta. Neurontin has helped in some cases. See a psychologist for therapy. Listen to relaxation CD's. Meditate, Swimming (shallow water), and Yoga may help. In severe cases, I have added a stimulant such as Ritalin or Adderall (last resort). Hope this helps. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Chronic fatigue syndrome--same as ebv?

Chronic fatigue syndrome--same as ebv?

Chronic fatigue: Although some people with cfs have have some antibodies suggesting recent ebv infection, most do not. There are probably multiple triggers for cfs. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Definition)

Severe fatigue lasting longer than six months for which no underlying cause has been found. Chronic fatigue gets worse with strenuous ...Read more