Posts Tagged ‘CFS’

Yuppie Flu or Adrenal Burnout

Monday, 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.


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.


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.


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.


Chronic Fatigue Symptoms

Friday, 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.