Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is also referred to as also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID).  While up to 50% of people with CFS experience depression, CFS is not the same as depression, and depression is not the cause of CFS.  Treatments for just depression is incomplete, and can be quite harmful for some people with CFS. For example those with issues like severe liver detoxification impairment (e.g Cytochrome P450), pseudo allergies and adrenal fatigue (low cortisol).  

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is characterised by Debilitating Fatigue, that can triggered by mild exertion (physical, mental) and poor sleep and unrefreshing sleep.

Symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome often mimic those related to  multiple sclerosis and Vestibular Disorders.  Symptoms can be made worse by Stress,  Activity that is not paced, Medications, and environmentat triggers including

Things you can do to help with CFS

From  guide on CFS by the Better Health  Channel

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  • Find a doctor who understands ME/CFS.
  • The main symptom of ME/CFS is having flu-like symptoms after exercise. ME/CFS is much more than feeling tired or ‘fatigued’.
  • There are a number of subtypes of ME/CFS, so treatments will affect people differently.
  • A self-management course can help you learn how best to manage your ME/CFS.
  • Exercise can help some, but not all, people with ME/CFS.
  • Only make very small increases in the frequency, duration and intensity of your exercise program.
  • Set realistic activity goals and congratulate yourself on any gains you make, no matter how small.
  • Listen to your body – if you don’t feel up to exerting yourself on a particular day, don’t.

Things you should not do if you have CFS

  • Take MAOI anti depressants
  • Aerobic exercise - do graded exercise therapy instead
  • Start medications on standard dose - poor detoxification and psuedo allergies are common to people with CFS
  • Take large quantities of supplements, especially without proper medical supervision
  • Give blood


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