Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Basics

Are you severely fatigued? Does sleep not seem to restore you? Loss of concentration? Check out this video and see if you should talk to your healthcare provider about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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  1. This video fails to mention one common effect of chronic fatigue syndrome: low libido and erectile dysfunction (ED).

    The video also seems to assume a "team" of doctors will look into your problem. HA! Fat chance of that happening. What's more likely is that your spouse will think you're just going through a phase, or you're lazy, or you're making excuses, or it's all in your mind, or you're depressed.

    Then, your doctor will just start with prescribing SSRI's in the hopes it'll deal with your depression. When that doesn't do much (plus SSRI's contribute to ED) you'll be more depressed and no further ahead. Like the video said, it's an illness of exclusion, so you may have to wait months to have these other tests done, but you'll have to ask your doctor to have them done because they won't suggest it.

    In the end, they'll find nothing and still think you're nuts or depressed. If you have free health care, you'll do better than Americans who'll have to pay to have all these tests (that show nothing) to be done. The only advantage there is that maybe the tests will be done sooner than in Canada.

    For the most part, very few doctors believe CFS or fibromyalgia exists despite all the latest medical studies that say the contrary. They don't keep up with this stuff so you're pooched.

    In order to begin to manage the lack of energy, it would be worth your while to buy and try D-ribose (a simple sugar) you can easily buy at your local health supplement store. It's not all that expensive, but a bottle will only last a month. You need to take one teaspoon three times a day for at least a month or two. Don't miss a dose. It comes in capsule form in the U.S., but not in Canada. In Canada, you can't buy a big bottle of it either, it's not allowed. It's in a white powdered form. Cheap brands don't mix well in cold liquids, but still should work OK.

    It's also important to avoid anything that drains your energy, so avoid high sugary drinks and foods. Anything that shoots up your blood sugar isn't going to help you.

    Taking Vitamin D is also good. It's cheap and most people are lacking in Vitamin D.

    Find ways to cope with depression because if you don't, it'll be with you until the day you die. That might include a change of jobs, friends, spouse, or whatever isn't helping you mentally. (I know that's a tall order.) Eat as healthy as humanly possible. You won't see a pay-off for months or years, but it's well worth it. Supplements like ginseng (panax) might also help your libido and energy. Gingko biloba helps with fibro fog. It's all about being consistent. Missing doses here and there and expecting things to change is not going to work and will be a waste of time and money.

    Above all, don't give up hope. The answers are out there, and science is learning more and more about this debilitating condition.

  2. I became ill at 11 years old (55 years ago). Of course I was branded: lazy, psychosomatic, malingerer, mentally ill and needed to suck it up,grow up and stop demanding so much attention. That kind of treatment crushes your self esteem and distroys any desire to live.
    I was in constant pain and slept 12 to 20 hours a day. No one had any compassion or understanding.
    Finally in the 80s fibromyalgia was discovered and I was dignosed. Then CFS and finally I was treated with some dignity.
    My treatment is pure food (no chemicals) gluten free, dairy free, distilled water, a jacuzzi tub and I only do what makes me happy. Other people are on their own. Their happiness is their responsibility.

  3. I can't imagine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) doing a god damned thing for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I tried CBT for panic attacks and it did absolutely NOTHING…ZERO…for me. I found this video while looking into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because I have been severely fatigued all the time lately. I never feel refreshed after sleeping (many times it's as if I hadn't slept at all). I may wake up feeling slightly less fatigued than I did previous to my sleep, but the fatigue progressively worsens as the day goes along. Many times I can't sleep at all for well over 24 hours. I get so fatigued and crummy feeling that I would be uncomfortable lying down in bed. My chest and neck area get so fatigued feeling that I keep thinking that I'm going to have a heart attack. I constantly feeling headachy an my eyes feel irritated. I never used to have headaches before, and Ihave them all the time now. I try taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen to relieve the headaches and to try to alleviate the painful fatigue feeling, but they don't work. It seems like aspirin has a very slight affect on the headache, neck ache and chest pain and fatigue, but it wears off and all of the horrible symptoms return. Flulike symptoms are mentioned as a symptom of CFS, but I would take the flu ANY day over the crummy feelings of severe fatigue and aches I constantly feel. I always wonder if I'm just going to drop dead at any given moment. The interesting thing is that heart attack always goes through my mind when I'm feling so incredibly crummy, but I had a treadmill stress test recently and it did not reveal any heart blockage or problems. Also, I have gone to the ER several times and had blood tests testing for possible heart attack, and they come up negative. My ECGs are supposedly fine too, and I have had many of them at ERs, especially in the past few years. The whole thing freaks me out because I will be 50 years old this year, and I have diabetes, high blood pressure, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, asthma (but not too severe), and major depression. I do have an incredible amount of stress in my life, especially during the past ten years or so (but it has increased even more in the past few years), and I'm worried that it will cause me to have a heart attack. I stress literally 24/7 because I have been absolutely devastated financially which causes me ungodly amounts of stress. So, I am thinking that this has something to do with my feelings of unbearable fatigue which is progressively worsening. I just basically feel like I'm completely falling apart. I don't leave my house other than to go to the grocery store once a week (late at night when the store is basically empty), and I do not have the energy to do anything else. I want to walk and get some exercise, but even walking to my mailbox in my condo community (which is a little distance from my condo) seems like a real task. I am overweight, but not morbidly obese or anything, and I eat very healthy meals (I make all my own meals) which mainly consist of vegetables and beans, none of which are deep fried or anything. Anyway, I know this comment is like a small novel, but I just wanted to describe my situation and describe the incredible amount of fatigue and general malaise that I feel on a daily basis. It's a feeling that is far beyond awful. :(

  4. I have every one of the symptoms on the first list, for the past 2-3 years. I went to my doctor a year ago, and she told me I just must not have been eating enough, that nothing was wrong. But a year later, still the same.

  5. For decades i have suffered with those exact symptoms, all of them! But it was not Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it was a very severe central sleep apnea (700 events during 5 hours of sleep) plus a vagal hypersensitivity i have since my first birthday (or "the first day after i was born", english is not my forte) …
    No doctor has thought sleep apnea to be the problem, they always thought: depression, anxiety, overwork, adrenal insufficiency (for that one i was 17 years), or worse, that i was faking it. The last one i have seen (march 2014) just send me to f***g midfulness "therapy"… I didn't go … of course.

    (Idjit! Wasting my time… i have already tried mindfulness, selfrelaxation, selfhypnosis, et caetera when i was 14 ~ 20 years old, those did nothing serious against that.)

    I remembered when i was a teen (29 years ago) some acquaintance of mine saying that some time when i'm sleeping it feels like i wasn't breathing, so i did my research by myself and contacted the center of sleep at hospital Hôtel-Dieu in Paris (i'm French) after using their Android app' to detect and monitor sleep apnea events … et voilà !
    No more constant and very deep fatigue like i'm 95 years old, no more ideation disorder, no more blackouts, no more confusion, no more pain of all kind, no more endless negative thoughts, no more neurasthenia and apathy, no more clumsiness (i can juggle easily, i can draw), i can henceforth concentrate, i can think. Each day i'm better.

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