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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – What to Know

Dr. David Johnston
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a chronic health condition that affects the nervous and immune symptoms. It serves as a cognitive blockade, hindering physical and mental activity along with the drive to perform them. It is a complicated disorder that has yet to explained by any other medical condition or ailment. The cause is currently unknown, and because it shares so many similarities with other conditions and differs from one person to the next, CFS/ME requires a lot of testing to rule out other conditions.

Features of CFS/ME

An individual who was once physically or mentally fit gets sick through an infection, major trauma, toxins, or even stress. Typically, the patient has a history of upper respiratory tract infection, gastrointestinal infections, nausea or vomiting. CFS/ME inhibits the want to perform any activity, but it does not get better with rest.

Those who suffer CFS/ME have been known to have both “good” and “bad” days, with the “good” being relative to whatever they can accomplish with the disorder. Despite the condition differing from one individual to the next, it is almost always associated with upper back pain. Case studies show a link between the back pain and the rest of the symptoms caused by CFS/ME. This is suggested by the idea that a stiffness or built up toxins in the spine leads to irritation of the sympathetic nervous system.*

Other symptoms Include:

  • Headaches
  • Impaired memory
  • Lethargy/malaise
  • Myalgia/joint pain
  • Mental confusion
  • Weakness
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Much More

CFS/ME has a sudden start within the person’s history. Once contracted, everyday tasks become difficult. They lack motivation to go to work and they even have trouble eating. CFS/ME is a debilitating health condition that can last for years on end.

Diagnosis

There is no single test to confirm the presence of CFS/ME. Unexplained, persistent fatigue should be present for a minimum of six months along with at least four of the other symptoms listed above. Before a doctor can confidently diagnose CFS/ME any other conditions must be ruled out. The individual must be tested for sleep disorders (sleep apnea, insomnia), medical problems (anemia, diabetes, hypothyroidism) and mental health issues (depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety). If all of those tests come inconclusive, the practitioner may diagnose CFS/ME and form a treatment plan from there.

How Osteopathy Can Help

Although there is no known cure for directly curing CFS/ME, there is evidence that osteopathy can help. Cranial osteopathic treatment can normalize cranial and lymphatic treatment to improve spinal mechanics. This will reduce the strain on the spine and by extension, the sympathetic nervous system. To help with the back pain and fatigue

The Osteopathic Wellness Center utilizes the principle of functional/integrative medicine along with our specialized lab tests that look for toxic materials, allergies, hormone irregularities and vitamins. With our thorough testing, we can better diagnose and treat your CFS/ME. To learn more about treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, please visit this page.*

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Osteopathic Wellness Center does not guarantee certain results.

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