Archive for November, 2009

Does anyone have any advice for someone with chronic fatigue?

Tuesday, 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.


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

Tuesday, 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.


Has Strattera been successfully used for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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.


Painful Bladder in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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.


XMRV Human Retrovirus

Sunday, 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.