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Over The Counter 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
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
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
What can you recommend for treatment or managing chronic fatigue syndrome for rapid and everyday relief?
What are the best resources available for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Is there a listing of doctors that specialize in CFS treatment?
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
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
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
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
A tough question: And what symptoms might they be?Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
See details: If you have severe unremitting fatifue and all underlying causes have been ruled out. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
See details: Only if you have severe unremitting fatigue and all other causes of fatigue have been ruled out. ...Read more
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
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