Posts Tagged ‘Chronic Fatigue Symptoms’

Changing your diet can often improve your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms

Sunday, 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.

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.


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).

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.