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Does anyone ever recover from chronic fatigue syndrome?

Does anyone ever recover from chronic fatigue syndrome?

Some yes, some no: This is a tough question to answer with confidence because the medical community still doesn't fully understand this syndrome. It can have many different causes, some of which are curable and others, not. Depending on the cause, if diagnosed, one can recover from cfs. Regardless, it is a long, slow process that can be measured in months if not years- akin to a marathon, not a a 100 yard sprint. ...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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Is a full recovery from stress-induced chronic fatigue possible?

Is a full recovery from stress-induced chronic fatigue possible?

Yes: First you need a complete evaluation to rule out underlying causes of fatigue. This requires a comprehensive history physical and appropriate tests. If you are diagnosed with cfs, find a doctor who has experience and success in treating it. A holistic approach including addressing both physical, and psychological symptoms works best.. You may need a team of doctors to help you recover. ...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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Is anxiety common for someone recovering from moderate chronic illness?

Is anxiety common for someone recovering from moderate chronic illness?

Not uncommon: Having a significant illness can be life- changing. It may kindle fear of pain, impairment, diminished quality of life, lack of control & fear of recurrence. One may closely self- monitor symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be quite helpful for this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome?

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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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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Are Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome related?

Are Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome related?

Similar symptoms: Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome can have very similar symptoms. By definition, if one has chronic fatigue syndrome other causes of fatigue like lyme disease have been ruled out, so if one has lyme disease, by definition they do no have cfs. However, it is likely that many people who have been diagnosed with cfs actually have undiagnosed lyme disease. See comment for more:. ...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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Has anyone ever recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome like cher?

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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Could brain damage from adderrall cause chronic fatigue?

Could brain damage from adderrall cause chronic fatigue?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) does not usually cause brain damage unless used in huge doses with overdose. However Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) can effect sleep, and insomnia can cause chronic fatigue. ...Read more

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Could people who suffer from asperger's syndrome usually suffer from severe anxiety?

Could people who suffer from asperger's syndrome usually suffer from severe anxiety?

Anxiety and Asperger: Yes, a person who has asperger's syndrome can have all the mental health issues as anyone else. They may be more prone to anxiety because they have trouble with social relationships and social cues (being able to read others intentions and meaning). Seeking assistance for anxiety may include social groups lead by a therapist, use of medications, and others. ...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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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

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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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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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Could you possibly recover from chronic depression?

Could you possibly recover from chronic depression?

Yes: My patients who have made the best recoveries have had combination therapy. A number of them attend talking therapy, receive psychotropic medications & use acupuncture. ...Read more

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