Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Connecticut

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

To be diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a person is said to have severe fatigue for at least 6 months or longer that is not relieved by rest and not due to medical or psychiatric conditions associated with fatigue.
Chronic Fatigue syndrome

Suffering from this unexplained fatigue results in the situation of the patient who seeks medical care often being  told by their doctor that they can find nothing wrong with them, and that there tests are normal. When a doctor is presented with a patient who complains of fatigue they check for a host of medical problems that are known to cause fatigue. Two of the most common are anemia, and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland). The problem arises for both the patient and the doctor when the doctor runs a series of tests and does not find that anything is abnormal. The doctor doesn’t have a treatment plan, and the patient is left without an understanding of what might be wrong, and often that results in the patient seeking yet another doctor’s opinion. But there is no test that defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and so a common scenario is that a person seeks care from a  variety of different healthcare providers only to wind up just where he or she started – being told that nothing can be found.

Very often these patients are told that they must have an underlying depression which can be manifested as fatigue. The patient will be offered antidepressant medication even if they insist that they are not depressed. Many people are caught up in a cycle of testing and retesting, and even trying other antidepressant medications when the first one does not have any beneficial effect, all without benefit.

To further establish a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome the patient is said to suffer from a number the following symptoms: unrefreshing sleep – fatigue present before the day’s activities, impairment in short-term memory or concentration, post-exertional malaise (prolonged exhaustion that lasts more than 24 hours following physical activity), muscle stiffness or pain, multi-joint pain, headaches, recurring sore throats, tender cervical or axillary lymph nodes.

Where Integrative Medicine is Essential

Doctors treating this need to think “out of the box” with regard to natural therapies including dietary approaches that provide so much more than simply using medications for symptom relief. To even attempt to heal the person’s system as a whole, a holistic approach taking into account mind-body connection, dietary and lifestyle influences and the like, provides the best hope for sufferers.

PEPTIDES FOR CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

NAD+ provides your body and mind with increased energy through its role as a Coenzyme located in the mitochondria which is the energy producing area in every cell of the body.
 
CJC-1295 is one of the most widely used peptides because of its multitude of actions and benefits related to its natural enhancement of IGF-1-growth hormone production. It is used to increase energy endurance, and increase lean muscle mass with enhanced strength. It improves sleep quality.
 
MOTS-c is a naturally occurring mitochondrial derived peptide. Mitochondria are dynamic organelles that are responsible for the conversion of energy-storing molecules, such as ATP, for optimum cellular functioning and metabolism. The mitochondria are therefore involved in virtually all body functions. 

 

Food Allergies

Attending to underlying food and other environmental sensitivities is crucial for many people who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dietary control by temporary elimination of problem foods and immunotherapy for sensitivities to foods, mold, dust, and other allergens can make a dramatic difference for some.  

TESTOSTERONE AND OTHER HORMONES

A complete evaluation of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers requires a thorough investigation of hormonal balance.

Testosterone deficiency is of particular importance for men who should be tested. Most physicians will not test for this during their  patients’ yearly checkup. And if they do the test, and the testosterone level is somewhat low but still “normal” it is not considered to be of any importance. But many such men flourish when prescribed testosterone therapy.

Many people without an overt proven medical condition, such as hypothyroidism, are still found to have suboptimal levels leading to the patient being untreated. Striving for optimized levels and consideration of adrenal stress and borderline dysfunction, is not emphasized in most medical offices which do not routinely care for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers.

NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

Nutritional deficiencies are common and the use of both oral and IV- intravenous vitamins are used for these patients with benefit.

Nutrient testing may unlock crucial information for chronic fatigue sufferers.

A complete evaluation of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers requires a thorough investigation of hormonal balance. Many people without an overt proven medical condition, such as hypothyroidism, are still found to have suboptimal levels leading to the patient being untreated. Striving for optimized levels and consideration of adrenal stress and borderline dysfunction, is not emphasized in most medical offices which do not routinely care for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers.

Getting adequate rest for the body through restful sleep is an essential element in caring for these patients. There are a number of methods to enhance sleep before resorting to medications as a last resort. The first and simplest, and unfortunately the least used, practice is deep breathing techniques or some form of meditation to reduce stress and help insomnia.

A nutritional supplement approach number is successful for many with disturbed sleep using amino acids like 5-HTP, GABA, l-glycine and theanine. There are many helpful herbal compounds that can be safely tried. These could include valerian root, passion flower, hops, chamomile, and skullcap.

Melatonin, a hormone, is a well-known sleep aid, and hormonal balancing may help sleep not only for menopausal women but in younger women and for men as well.

A safe technology of note is called CES (Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation). It allows the user of a small home device to create a more relaxed pattern of brain waves which promotes sleep in insomnia sufferers, and also provides general daytime relief of stress.

A related technology provides pain relief through electrical stimulation of affected body parts, and both modalities can be used for those who suffer from the pain of Fibromyalgia, and the insomnia and stress which inevitably accompanies their pain.

CHRONIC INFECTIONS

Infections may play a role and needs to be considered by physicians. In the northeast particularly, the possibility of underlying Lyme’s disease should be evaluated. In that case labs specializing in infectious disease testing should be consulted, as the known percentage of “false negative” tests is too high. Unfortunately a “false negative” test, meaning that the person tests negative despite having the problem being tested for, has been proven to commonly occur in Lyme’s disease.

Other infections, such as Epstein-Barr Virus and other viruses, or Candida yeast, are common associated factors in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as well as in Fibromyalgia. The integrative approach to infections involves not only specific measures which can be taken against the infectious agent, but enhancement and monitoring the status of immune functioning of the patient. 

 Immune enhancing peptide Thymosin Alpha-1

SLEEP

How can someone recover from being fatigued if they never get adequate rest from a good night’s sleep?
These peptides are very helpful for sleep.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

FAQs

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), is a complex and debilitating condition characterized by extreme fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest and may worsen with physical or mental activity. Other symptoms may include sleep disturbances, cognitive difficulties, muscle or joint pain, sore throat, and headaches.

What causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

The exact cause of CFS is unknown, but it’s believed to involve a combination of factors including viral infections, immune system dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, and psychological stress. Genetic predisposition and environmental factors may also play a role.

How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosing CFS can be challenging as there are no specific diagnostic tests. Healthcare providers typically make a diagnosis based on symptoms and by ruling out other medical conditions that could cause similar symptoms. Diagnosis may involve a thorough medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and sometimes referral to specialists.

What treatments are available for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

There is no cure for CFS, but treatment aims to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. This may include a combination of lifestyle modifications (such as pacing activities and managing stress), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), graded exercise therapy (GET), medications to address specific symptoms (such as pain or sleep disturbances), and alternative therapies like acupuncture or dietary supplements.

Can people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome recover?

The prognosis for CFS varies from person to person. While some individuals may experience significant improvement in symptoms over time, others may continue to have persistent symptoms for years. It’s important for individuals with CFS to work closely with healthcare providers to develop a personalized treatment plan and to pace activities to avoid exacerbating symptoms.
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