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What are the main differences between chronic fatigue syndrome and polymyalgia rhumatica?

What are the main differences between chronic fatigue syndrome and polymyalgia rhumatica?

Shoulder & hip pain: Polymyalgia rheumatica is characterized by hip and shoulder pain/stiffness associated with high inflammatory markers in the blood (sedimentation rate and c-reactive protein). It only occurs in people 50 and older and resolves with steroid treatment within a day or 2. Fibromyalgia is all-over pain that can occur at any age and is not inflammatory. It does not respond to steroids. ...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 main difference between chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia?

What is the main difference between chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia?

Response to rest: Folks with chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs) and fibromyalgia (fm) have a lot of overlapping symptoms. The principal difference is that in cfs activity seems to worsen the symptoms while fm mostly improve with activity. Fm also responds to some medication while cfs rarely does. Your family doctor can make this distinction for you. ...Read more

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

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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Can you tell me the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Can you tell me the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Main symptom: Although they have lots of common symptoms, but main symptom in fibromyalgia is the widespread pain while in chronic fatigue syndrome, main concern is the extreme fatigue even with minimal activity. Some people may have both which makes the diagnosis and management harder. ...Read more

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Can you list some key differences between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome? I have most symptoms of both, so need some way of distinction.

Can you list some key differences between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome? I have most symptoms of both, so need some way of distinction.

FM vs. CFS: Fm is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body. To be included in the diagnosis of fm, this pain should be located in at least three out of four quadrants of the body or along the entire spine for a minimum of three months. Cfs may be distinguished from fm on the basis of the presence of cognitive dysfunction, which is absent in fm. ...Read more

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Is there a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and heart problems?

Is there a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and heart problems?

Not specifically: Cfs is a condition without a known cause. Yet you would be expected to have fatigue if your heart is not working right. In that case, it would be considered a heart failure and not cfs. ...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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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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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?

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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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?

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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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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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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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