[hr]Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease where the body has become overly toxic and unstable. Many people who have chronic fatigue also experience symptoms of inflammation such as neck pain, back pain and headaches. Chronic Fatigue affects an estimated one to two million people with twice as many women as men.
How does chronic fatigue syndrome develop?
Many experts suspect that this condition has an autoimmune component, as many of those diagnosed with CFS have been found to have circulating antinuclear autoantibodies in their blood. However, most autoimmune diseases are associated with nutritional imbalances, processed food intake and excessive grain and gluten consumption.
Chronic fatigue is a major symptom in many other illnesses, especially autoimmune diseases, so other conditions must be ruled out before a diagnosis of CFS is made. These conditions include lupus, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, AIDS, antiphospholipid syndrome, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyositis, and depression. It's also thought that CFS may develop from a common virus by those with a genetic predisposition to develop the illness, as is the case with some of the other autoimmune diseases.
What are the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome?
The main symptom of CFS is an unusually debilitating fatigue that lasts six months or more and forces the patient to reduce activity. Other symptoms include impairment of short-term memory (brain fog), chronic sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscle and joint pain, headaches, weakness on one side, unrefreshed sleep, low grade fevers, fatigue lasting for more than 24 hours after exertion, problems with concentration, flu-like symptoms, sleep disorders (apnea/insomnia), tingling in the legs or arms, and depression.
What are the common treatments of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Conventional medical treatments help relieve the symptoms of CFS but they do not address the root cause of the problem. Traditional treatments include the use of over the counter medications and prescription medications.
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