Chronic Fatigue Symptoms

October 30th, 2009

There is an array of Chronic Fatigue Symptoms that is shown by people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  The symptoms can come and go with or without any frequently or identifiable pattern.  There are Primary Chronic Fatigue Symptoms and additional secondary symptoms that can be shown by people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The primary signs of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are

  • Fatigue
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss memory and loss of concentration
  • Enlarged and possibly painful lymph nodes in the neck and/or armpits.
  • Muscle pain that is unexplained
  • Joint pain that can move from joint to joint without any signs or swelling.
  • Sleep that is unrefreshing and waking up as tired or more tired then when you went to bed.
  • Headaches that are of new patterns and severity.
  • Exhaustion that lasts more then 24 hours or more after any physical and/or mental exercise that puts stress on the body.

The additional signs of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are:

  • Pain in the abdominal region
  • Having allergies or other sensitivities to things like food, alcohol, odors, medications, noise or chemicals.
  • Chest pains
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic coughs
  • Dry mouth
  • Being dizzy when standing up from a seated position, or having problems with balance and fainting
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Ear aches
  • Being stiff in the morning otherwise known as morning stiffness
  • Pain in your jaw
  • Nausea
  • Having night sweats and chills
  • Depression, anxiety, irritability, panic attacks and other psychological problems
  • Being short of breath
  • Tingling Sensations in your extremities
  • Having problems with your sight such as blurring, eye pain, sensitivity to light or dry eyes.
  • Gaining or losing weight.

A note about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is that you could exhibit any one of these symptoms or multiple symptoms.  They could be worse and get worse in the beginning, or they may get better over time, or they may come and go like a roller coaster.  For others, they could start out having a couple and then get progressively worse over time.

You should consider going to a doctor when do you exhibit any of these chronic fatigue symptoms.

It is possible that you may have another illness or disease that is resembling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when you may not really have chronic fatigue at all.  It is important to rule out all possibilities before determining that you have chronic fatigue syndrome.

The sooner that you can determine that you have CFS the sooner you can start any medications or treatment.  The sooner that you start treatment the easier it will be for your body to recover and return to normal health.  The longer you have been fighting chronic fatigue, the longer the recovery time will take.

The general rule of thumb on if you have chronic fatigue is if you have exhibited more then 3 of the above symptoms for a period of 6 months or more.

If you aren’t sure on if you are suffering from chronic fatigue, go to your doctor and find out.  Here are a few tips on how to help you deal with your Chronic Fatigue Symptoms.

Is the food you’re eating stealing minerals from your body?

May 24th, 2010

There are food that you can eat or drink that can steal minerals from your body as a result your body will have a hard time recovering from it.  An example of this is drinking coffee.  Aside from being a stimulant that can tax your adrenals (which is a possible cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) it also steals your iron from you body.  Losing additional iron through drinking coffee can have effects on your chronic fatigue symptoms because the iron lost affects the amount of oxygen your body can move via your blood cells.  Less oxygen means more tired you are because your cells are staving from having lower levels of oxygen then they need.

Coffee isn’t the only food or drink that cause this to happen.  All of the B vitamins are needed as well for energy production.   Without them your body isn’t going to have the energy available to function properly.  Coffee and tea along with diuretics can cause a reduction in B vitamins in the body.

When dealing with chronic fatigue symptoms and chronic fatigue syndrome that you should re-evaluate your diet and what you eat and drink on a daily basis.

Yuppie Flu or Adrenal Burnout

May 10th, 2010

Yuppie Flu or Adrenal Burnout are both names that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome used to be called before it became known as CFS.  They describe the same physical state, the state of fatigue and overwhelm where the body doesn’t feel like it can go.  Pushing to hard, dealing with stress, is how CFS was originally named Yuppie Flu and/or Burnout.

Some of the typical culprits of what could be behind CFS is a lack of fiber in ones diet, not eating enough vegetables, eating to much sugar and high sugar foods, not drinking enough water, consuming to much caffeine and coffee, to much high fat in your diet from meat and other sources, food allergies such as soy, dairy, peanut, etc; and the big one, stress.  To much of the bad stuff, not enough of the good stuff can cause your body to go into stress mode and cause problems, that result in CFS.

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Changing your diet can often improve your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms

May 9th, 2010

If you wake up tired every night you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  The cure could be as simple as changing your diet and eating better foods.  There are people who sleep 8+ hours a night, night after night and still feel tired.  The tired that keeps them from having energy past 2 pm in the afternoon.

There are studies that have been done that say that nearly 20% of America has fatigue symptoms that interfere with their daily lives.   The primary reasons that can cause this is every between eating a poor diet, to drinking too much caffeine, inactivity / lack of exercise and excessive stress in ones daily life.

Cutting out the caffeine in ones diet, over time, can help the fatigue by allowing your body to recover from being over stimulated on a daily basis.  Exercise can help speed up the metabolism to heal and recover.

Diet; can have a large part to play in fatigue from everything from being anemic to having low energy.

Those that are anemic and suffering from low iron have less red blood cells to move oxygen around the body.  When the body has less oxygen then it feels tired and doesn’t have the energy.  Some people also have deficiencies in B12 a common ingredient in energy drinks (which is why they give you energy).

Adding more green leafy vegetables and live foods that contain iron and b12 could help improve ones fatigue.  The old addage, you are what you eat, is very true.

Does anyone have any advice for someone with chronic fatigue?

November 10th, 2009

Some good advice is to make sure you have friends and people you can talk to about this.  Not everyone really understands how tired you can really be.

If you are open to taking medications, talk to your doctor about Chronic Fatigue, and what options are open to you.  Your doctor may think you have depression or one of another things.

Make sure you change your diet, to eat more live foods, less processed foods.  If you have a juicer, make sure you are drinking plenty of carrot juice and carrot/cucumber/beet juice.

You need to take care of your self.  If you are tired, sleep as much as you need to.  Even if it is 12 hours a day on some days.  Exercise as much as you can, but don’t over do it.

Try and stay away from stimulants and caffeine.  they aren’t good for you in the long run.  Those won’t help your heal from Chronic Fatigue.

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What prescription medication is given to patients who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

November 10th, 2009

There can be several drugs that someone can receive to help treat chronic fatigue syndrome.  These drugs don’t treat the actual problem but the symptoms of the chronic fatigue.

The most common drugs that are prescribed are those for lack of energy and depression.   These are the two most common problems that people with chronic fatigue syndrome experince.

Antiviral drugs such as Acyclovir can be used to treat yeast infections. Depression can be treated with antidepressants and SSRIs.   Anxiety medication can be used to treat anxiety symptoms with such drugs like Paxil and Celexia.  Then there are drugs to reduce pain, discomfort and fever.  Most of these drugs and medications are used to treat symptoms of chronic fatigue.  As there is no direct cure for Chronic Fatigue yet.

When taking medications for chronic fatigue, it is to be remembered that some drugs can cause symptoms worse then the symptoms the drugs were used to treat.

It is good for people with Chronic Fatigue to keep up a social life and some mild exercise.  Both the social activities and the exercise is good for the patient on many levels, mental and physical.

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Has Strattera been successfully used for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

November 10th, 2009

Strattera has been used to help with the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  It helps to lift some of the brain fog that you can experience during the day.  Similar to ADHD drugs, it can stay in your system for up to 15 days after you take it.  Strattera works by help keeping the chemicals in check that cause hyperactivity and impulsive functions.

As with any drug, check with your doctor before using strattera for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Myalgic Encephalopathy

November 6th, 2009

In the United Kingdom Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) often goes by another name; Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME).

There are an estimated 250,000 people in the United Kingdom suffering from from Myalgic Encephalopathy.  Out of these that suffer, about 65% of them are female and most are between the ages of 20 to 40.

Those that suffer from Myalgic Encephalopathy also have many of the symptoms as those suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The primary Myalgic Encephalopathy Symptoms are physical exhaustion, mental exhaustion, challenges completing simple tasks that otherwise would be simple.  Muscle pain, twitching, problems with exercising, cognitive disfunctions often leading to clumsiness, sensitivity to light and many more.

Like those with Chronic Fatigue, people with Myalgic Encephalopathy often have a hard time falling asleep at night, even though their bodies are exhausted and need the sleep.  Many times the sleep they do get is not refreshing, and waking up exhausted is quite possible.

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Painful Bladder in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

November 1st, 2009

One symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be a painful bladder along with other urinary tract infections.  These conditions are not directly related to Chronic Fatigue.

This condition is known as Interstitial cystitis (IC) and can cause pain in the abdominal and pelvic areas. It can mimic a urinary tract infection, and many people have it misdiagnosed and can have one for up to 4 years.

It is a good idea to consult your doctor if you think you may have a Interstitial cystitis (IC).

Impacts of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

November 1st, 2009

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (otherwise known as the CDC) they have reported that anywhere between 1 and 4 million people have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Then on top of that, 80% of all cases are currently undiagnosed.  This debilitating illness could have a yearly impact on the economy of 9 billion dollars.

Even though Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and those it affects has such a large toll on the economic impact on this country and it’s prevalence in society, research for CFS to find a cure for Chronic Fatigue ranks low on all federally funded programs.  Chronic Fatigue Research ranks in the bottom 200 of all research on disease and conditions in the United States.

Since the first cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome being diagnosed over 25 years ago, there has been little advancements in treatment, how to identify it.  Doctors have still yet to be taught how to properly diagnose this condition properly without mistaking it one for one of the many illnesses it seems to appear as based on the varying amount of Chronic Fatigue Symptoms.

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XMRV Human Retrovirus

November 1st, 2009

There is a new institute in Reno, NV called the Whittemore-Peterson Institute that has been doing research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome linking it to a new human retrovirus called XMRV (a xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus) that has been found in 67% of all Chronic Fatigue patients that they have tested.  There are only 2 other human retroviruses that have ever been found, the last retrovirus found was in 1982 when the HIV retrovirus was discovered.

This XMRV Retrovirus is the first physical marker that has been found to help prove that there is an underlying cause in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and those that suffer from CFC.

The XMRV Retrovirus is thought to be transmitted through bodily fluids though contact, such as through blood, semen and breast milk.  There isn’t a pathway for XMRV to be transmitted through the air.

There is no proof at this point that XMRV is the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but it is giving researchers something to look into on if it is the cause behind CFS.   The presence of a biomaker is giving hope to many people.

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