Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which rose to prominence in the 1980s, at which time everyone who was tired thought maybe they had it, was once thought to occur because of recurrence of an old dormant viral illness. It has been determined that many cases of chronic fatigue occur without any known preceding infection, and now researchers are looking for other possible causes. If a virus is involved, it may be Epstein-Barr (the mononucleosis virus) or human herpes virus type 6 (a relative of herpes simplex virus) or probably other as-yet-unidentified viruses. Other causes may include immune system problems or a defect in the mechanisms that regulate blood pressure. Some experts have even thought Chronic fatigue syndrome is the result of anemia, chronic mercury poisoning from amalgam dental fillings, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, sleep problems, and fungal infections.

Chronic Fatigue SyndromeMany people with Chronic fatigue syndrome have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a muscle disorder. More than likely, the cause is a combination of factors. The syndrome strikes far more women than men, for reasons that are not clear, and causes a host of recurring and persistent symptoms over the space of 6 months to several years. These symptoms include: mild fever; sore throat; painful swollen lymph glands in the neck or under the arm; general body weakness; soreness of the muscles; fatigue lasting more than a day after little exertion; headaches; migrating joint pain (this joint now, another later, yet another some other day) without redness or swelling of the joints; emotional disturbances such as forgetfulness, depression, irritability, confusion, difficulty concentrating; light-sensitive eyes; and sleep disturbance (insomnia or excessive sleeping). The development of such symptoms should prompt a careful physical and laboratory evaluation by your personal physician. Before declaring the syndrome to be chronic fatigue, all other possible causes must be looked for. If after evaluation your physician deems you to have chronic fatigue, let's see what nutrition can offer.

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