Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
I developed Chronic Fatigue/M.E after contracting swine flu and I'd like to point out that the word "Chronic Fatigue" in no way shape or form describes the suffering one has to endure with this illness. It effects every aspect of your life, as work, family and friendships are slowly eroded. Thanks to my knowledge of Blackmores Naturopathics I am now on the mend, it's a slow painful journey and one that cannot be hurried. Blackmores Celloids along with Restora herbals and Septilin Ayurvedic remedy have been a blessing in disguise.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is marked by long-standing, severe and disabling fatigue usually lasting at least six months, and the fatigue is usually aggravated by minimal exertion. CFS may lead to a reduction of 50% in the ability to participate in ordinary activities.
It is estimated that 0.5-2.5% of the population may be affected by CFS, predominantly individuals aged 20-40 years. CFS is two to three times more common in women than in men.
Specific biological markers for the diagnosis of CFS do not exist and since symptoms of CFS overlap with other syndromal disorders such as fibromyalgia, depression and irritable bowel syndrome (which can also be characterised by fatigue), it has been difficult to define and classify CFS with certainty.
Criteria for Diagnosis
CFS was first recognised in 1988 and the diagnostic criteria were more recently revised by the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC state that the fatigue of CFS must be clinically evaluated and meet the following criteria
Diagnostic tests should be performed to exclude other fatigue-related conditions, such as untreated hypothyroidism, from the diagnosis of CFS.
In 2003, the Canadian Guidelines for defining CFS were published. This definition expands on the Australian and USA versions. It states that a single disease model for CFS will not account for every case, but there are common clusters of symptoms that permit a clinical diagnosis. The diagnostic criteria are as follows:
A patient with CFS must have been suffering the illness for at least six months with a distinct onset and must have:
a) Autonomic manifestations: such as delayed postural hypotension, neurally-mediated hypotension, light-headedness, extreme pallor, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary bladder dysfunction, palpitations, exertional dyspnoea
b) Neuroendocrine manifestations: subnormal body temperature, sweating episodes, feverishness, cold extremities, intolerance to extremes of heat and cold, marked weight change, abnormal appetite
c) Immune manifestations: tender lymph nodes, recurrent sore throat, recurrent flu-like symptoms, new sensitivities to foods, chemicals or medications.
All other disease states that are marked by fatigue, sleep disturbance, pain and cognitive dysfunction must be excluded before CFS can be diagnosed. Certain illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities can co-exist with CFS.
It is interesting to note that approximately 75% of individuals with CFS also meet the criteria for fibromyalgia - a closely related syndrome with an emphasis on musculoskeletal pain rather than fatigue.
Proposed Pathophysiology of CFS
It is likely that multiple factors promote the development of CFS, possibly with the same factors causing, and being caused by, the syndrome. Several theories of the pathogenesis of CFS have been proposed:
Psychological stress may be a predisposing factor in the development of CFS. Mood disorders may be secondary to, or independent of, CFS. Unresolved anger or guilt or other emotive factors may play a role in maintaining CFS.
The long-term outlook for people with CFS is variable. Some patients recover completely after six months to a year. Most studies report that patients seeking an extensive or holistic rehabilitation program have a better prognosis than those who do not seek treatment at all.
Nevertheless, many people may take a few years to improve, and some may never reach complete recovery. Factors associated with poorer outcomes include a long duration of illness, and those with high levels of fatigue or functional impairment and a low sense of control over their symptoms.
CFS has also been associated with low ATP production, which in turn can cause an excess of lactic acid build up, which is often the cause of the severe muscle pain often experienced by CFS sufferers.
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