Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

In a most basic understanding, chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition whereby a person suffers from ongoing fatigue, which cannot be ascribed to any particular medical condition. It does have a few common symptoms, which are characterized by people feeling weak and being in pain. Other symptoms may include visual problems, fever and sore throat.

It is difficult to get down to the basic cause of people’s chronic fatigue. Your doctor will perform a differential diagnosis to try and figure out what exactly is the cause of your underlying symptoms. Since this is a rather “eccentric” disease, physicians need to use the elimination process to try and nail down a valid diagnosis.

When they reach a consensus and come to a working diagnosis, a most probable cause, or a most probable underlying disease has been uncovered. The doctor will then write a prescription for medication that will hopefully help. Some of the drugs that are being prescribed include Provigil which is a central nervous system (CNS) acting drug, and CFS patients who take it feel that they are more alert.

But what if your condition doesn’t improve with medication? Well then the diagnosis has to be re-opened and other alternatives considered. It is interesting that the medical community has not yet come up with a definitive cure for this disease. Instead the focus is placed on helping the symptoms become less problematic and more manageable.

As is the case with many diseases and situations where the mainstream medical community just cannot figure out how to heal the disease – people turn to alternative medicine. There have been a number of “unconventional” methods that are showing promise. Many of them are very helpful in improving the patient’s condition to the point where many of their symptoms disappear.

Chelation and holistic therapies, including nutritional supplements and herbal preparations are said to work best with those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Although these methods are not endorsed or recognized by the mainstream medical community, people readily seek them out and try them, especially seeing they do make them feel better.

Counseling and cognitive therapy is one more way to treat chronic fatigue syndrome.  In most cases, this chronic condition is related to a patient’s psychological health. It is important that underlying issues about grief or anger need to be identified and then properly managed. Doctors also need to be aware of the wrong and belittling beliefs of the patient and try to correct them. This will help them cope with stress, which is an important factor in feeling better.

Whatever treatment is chosen, please remember not to take any drugs unless you are being fully monitored by a qualified health care professional. It is tempting to self-analyze and self-direct your healing. But chronic fatigue syndrome, left untreated or mis-treated can be disabling.

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