Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) characterized by persistent fatigue and other specific symptoms that lasts for a minimum of six months in adults (and 3 months in children or adolescents). The fatigue is not due to exertion, not significantly relieved by rest, and is not caused by other medical conditions.

It can follow a viral illness, post-viral fatigue syndrome and other associated triggers, genetic, infectious and psychological , emotional trauma or stress have been proposed,also toxic chemicals and food intolerances but the etiology of CFS is not understood and it may have multiple causes.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue include

  • malaise after exertion;
  • unrefreshing sleep,
  • widespread muscle and joint pain,
  • sore throat,
  • headaches of a type not previously experienced,
  • cognitive difficulties,
  • chronic and severe mental and physical exhaustion,
  • muscle weakness,
  • increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells,
  • dizziness, especially postural
  • digestive disturbances,
  • depression,
  • painful and often slightly swollen lymph nodes,
  • Quality of life of persons with CFS can be extremely compromised.[9]

    Diagnosis

    There are no specific laboratory tests to diagnose CFS so testing is used to rule out other potential causes for symptoms. When symptoms are attributable to certain other conditions, the diagnosis of CFS is excluded.

    Management

    • Graded exercise, Mediation and Breath work
    • Some symptoms can be helped with anti- depressants.
    • Nutritional supplements
    • Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural therapy
    • Intravenous Nutrient therapy ,especially high doses of Vitamin C along with B vitamins,
    • antioxidants such as Glutathione and Magnesium.
    • Corrective effective hormonal balancing
    • Treatment of associated infections, allergies and food intolerances