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What Is CFS?

CFS (also ME, PVFS) is a disabling condition which causes severe fatigue and low physical and mental energy levels. Sufferers also experience many other seemingly disparate symptoms which may include headaches, muscle spasms and pain, breathing problems, digestive problems, neurological symptoms, hypotension and many others.

A diagnosis of CFS is usually a diagnosis of exclusion – i.e. all medical tests come back clear. There is no accepted medical treatment for the condition, at present.

Onset of Illness

Some people have a sudden onset where they become ill for an unknown reason. Others seem to have a gradual decline in health and others seem to become ill immediately following a viral or bacterial infection.

Symptoms

In order for CFS to be diagnosed, a number of criteria must be met. In 2007 the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence issued the following criteria as guidance for GPs:

  • Fatigue
    • with a new or specific onset
    • is persistent or recurrent
    • is unexplained by other conditions
    • has resulted in substantial reduction in activity characterized by post-exertional malaise and/ or fatigue (typically delayed, for example by at least 24 hours, with slow recovery over several days

And one or more of the following symptoms:

  • difficulty sleeping, such as insomnia, hypersomnia, unrefreshing sleep, a disturbed sleep-wake cycle
  • muscle and/ or joint pain that is multi-site and without evidence of inflammation
  • headaches
  • painful lymph nodes without pathological enlargement
  • sore throat
  • cognitive dysfunction, such as difficulty thinking, inability to concentrate, impairment of short-term memory, and difficulties with word-finding, planning/ organizing thoughts, and information processing
  • physical or mental exertion makes symptoms worse
  • general malaise or flu-like symptoms
  • dizziness and/ or nausea
  • palpitations in the absence of identified cardiac pathology

(Information from NICE website )

Conventional Treatment Options

Treatment options offered by the NHS are cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET). CBT may be beneficial to people suffering depression alongside CFS, or in helping people adjust their lifestyles to cope with being ill. It is unlikely to help beyond this. Many patient groups believe GET trials have been fundamentally flawed in experiment design and although this is still officially recommended, most patient groups would like to see this option removed.

Other options include prescription drugs for pain and sleep, and managing other symptoms.

Unconventional Treatment Options

Some sufferers benefit from complementary therapies such as acupuncture, reiki, gentle yoga or qi gong or similar. Others benefit from certain supplements or herbs.

Emerging regimes, such as the one discussed on this website, that use multiple supplements or drugs, or a combination of the two are producing good results, although research is in very early stages.

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July 29, 2009 - Posted by | Health Science

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