Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is often referred to as a “medical mystery.” It is difficult to specifically diagnose due to a lack of specific diagnostic tests. The list of symptoms associated with this condition are extensive and may mimic symptoms of other ailments. A reliable assessment of having this disease is that patients have overwhelming fatigue. If you are severely fatigued for six months or so, you then fit into the category of being a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patient. Are you in fact chronically and seriously fatigued for no apparent reason? Your physician may have put you through a battery of tests to find out why you are tired. By these tests he hopes to rule out other more accurately diagnosed diseases. If they cannot identify another specific disease process that would cause your fatigue, they will most likely label you as afflicted with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS.
If you experience ongoing symptoms similar to the flu, the doctor will add the diagnosis of Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). If you also complain of “diffuse” joint pain (pain in varied joints), an additional diagnosis will be added for fibromyalgia. A classic symptom seemingly shared by CFIDS sufferers is the fatigue that comes from mental or physical exertion and lasts for at least 24 hours. This is termed “post-exertional malaise.” Malaise is a condition of general discomfort, illness, or lack of wellbeing. Life is miserable with this condition. Several symptoms described as common for Chronic Fatigue patients suggest an answer that perhaps is overlooked. Dizziness, especially when standing to an erect posture from sitting or lying down. (See Ragland’s test in the Appendix of the full eBook). Discomfort with changes in environmental temperatures, i.e., cold winters and summer heat. Low blood pressure is common. Fibromyalgia and immune dysfunction are common afflictions with patients suffering with chronic fatigue. People that have difficulties with adrenal glands share these discomforts. Most of these patients are women, suggesting copper toxicity is a major factor.
... much greater detail, step-by-step recommendations and in-depth suggestions are available in the full FIBROMYALGIA/CFS
chapter of the
Regaining and Maintaining Your Health e-book.