Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms, insomnia, weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory, mental concentration loss. Associated health illnesses include chronic mononucleosis, encephalomyelitis, fibromyalgia, gulf war illness, multiple chemical sensitivities, neurasthenia, rheumatoid arthritis.
Chronic fatigue syndrome occurs between ages 20 to 50, starts suddenly with flu like condition. Because of this, many researchers have focused on the possibility of virus or some other infectious agent causes the syndrome. In white women, it is more prevalent than lung and breast cancer; high blood pressure and some women with irregular menstrual cycles may face higher risks. Chronic fatigue syndrome is reported by 20 percent of all patients seeking medical care and is associated with many other well known medical conditions.
According to surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic fatigue syndrome is serious health concern that affects three in every 1000 people in the USA. Chronic fatigue syndrome is debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms, Cause
Diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, the symptoms must be persistent for 6 months or longer. The main symptoms include weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory and/or mental concentration, insomnia, and post-exertion fatigue lasting more than 24 hours. Other chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms may include abdominal pain, alcohol abuse and intolerance, anxiety, autoimmune disease, bloating, cancer, chest pain, chronic cough, chronic mononucleosis, diarrhea, dizziness, dry eyes or mouth, earaches, eating disorders, headaches, hormonal disorders, hypothyroidism, irregular heartbeat, jaw pain, morning stiffness, multi-joint pain, nausea, night sweats, psychological problems like depression, irritability, panic attacks, reactions to medications, shortness of breath, skin sensations, sleep disorders, sore throat, tingling sensations, tender lymph nodes, and weight loss.
Many physicians doubt that chronic fatigue syndrome is an actual disease but believe rather that its the component of some psychological disorder or symptom of other problems, similar to anemia and high blood pressure and treated as such.
There are many theories as to the causes of chronic fatigue syndrome but no primary cause has been found that explains all cases according to the medical experts. Some believe it develops from combinations of factors including brain abnormalities, hyper-reactive immune system, and viral or other infectious agent but the Centers for Disease Control rules out many of these and the cause remains unknown or simply covered up.
Number of other illness have been associated with chronic fatigue syndrome because of similar symptoms especially chronic fatigue. These include chronic mononucleosis, fibromyalgia, gulf war illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis, neurasthenia, multiple chemical sensitivities, and rheumatoid arthritis. These illness may exist with the primary symptom other than fatigue but chronic fatigue is commonly associated with all of them.
Few infectious agents can produce the complex chronic signs and symptoms found in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness patients and some rheumatoid arthritis patients, but one type of airborne infection that has received renewed interest of late as an important element in these disorders is represented by the class Mollicutes. These microorganisms, principally mycoplasmas and other rather primitive bacteria, although not well known agents, are now considered important emerging pathogens in causing chronic diseases and may be important cofactors in some illness, including AIDS and other immune suppressive diseases.
Recently published studies by at The Inst. for Molecular Medicine in Huntington Beach, CA. demonstrated the possible connection between mycoplasma infection and chronic fatigue syndrome. Systemic mycoplasma infection can cause chronic fatigue, muscle pain and variety of additional signs and symptoms, some of which are related to dysfunctional immune responses and in extreme cases autoimmune-like disorders. Some mycoplasmas can invade virtually every human tissue and compromise the immune system, permitting opportunistic infections by other bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeast. When mycoplasmas exit certain cells, such as synovial cells, nerve cells, among others that can be infected, they can stimulate autoimmune response.
Researchers found the high frequency of mycoplasma infection in their patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome illnesses. They found that about one half of patients with Gulf War Illness and two third of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia were positive for mycoplasma infection in their blood. Gulf War Veterans suffer from signs and symptoms similar to patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. They can be treated using antibiotics effective against mycoplasma infection, and once they recover, their blood is no longer positive for the presence of mycoplasma infection. Their recent results indicate that Rheumatoid Arthritis is also associated with mycoplasma infection.
Although most mycoplasmas are not considered important human pathogens, some species, such as M. fermentans, M. penetrans, M. pneumoniae, M. genitalium, M. pirum and M. hominis, among others, have been closely associated with various human diseases. This does not necessarily mean that these diseases are entirely caused by mycoplasma infection but this type of infection is important in causing much of the morbidity or illness seen in patients with chronic illnesses.
Tests they use to identify mycoplasmal infection, polymerase chain reaction, and nucleoprotein gene tracking are very sensitive and highly specific. These tests are dramatic improvements over the relatively insensitive serum antibody tests that are routinely used to assay for systemic mycoplasmal infections.
Dr. Daryl See of the CA College of Medicine as well as others are finding evidence for mycoplasmal blood infections that can explain much if not most of their chronic signs and symptoms. In our studies on Gulf War illness, chronic fatigue syndrome fibromyalgia like condition, we have found mycoplasmal infection in about one-half of approximately 400 patients, and these patients were found to have principally one infectious species, M. fermentans. Moreover, in over one-half of the 500 civilians with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis that we have examined we are finding varieties of pathogenic mycoplasma species, such as those listed above, in the leukocyte fractions of blood samples.
Recommended treatments for these types of mycoplasmal blood infection by the Inst. for Molecular Medicine require long-term antibiotic therapy, usually multiple 6-week cycles of doxycycline (200-300mg/d), ciprofloxacin or Cipro (1,500mg/d), azithromycin or Zithromax (500mg/d) and clarithromycin or Biaxin (750-1,000mg/d). Multiple cycles are required, because few patients recover after these cycles, possibly because of the intracellular locations of mycoplasmas like M. fermentans and M. penetrans, and the slow-growing nature of these microorganisms. The administration of some antibiotics, such as penicillin resulted in increasing symptoms.
July 2000 issue of The Journal of Degenerative Disease by the Common Cause Medical Research Foundation; Diseases linked to mycoplasmas fermentans, incognitus strain by Shyh-Ching Lo and his patent 5,242,820 on Pathogenic Mycoplasma. These include AIDS, ARC, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Wegeners Disease, Sarcoidosis, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Kibuchis Disease, autoimmune diseases such as Collagen Vascular disease, Lupus, and chronic debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease. The CCMR has added the following to Dr. Lo's list: bipolar depression, Crohn's, Colitis, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, Diabetes Type 1, Dystonia, Endometriosis, Huntington's Disease, Lyme's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Schizophrenia and several more.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Natural Remedies
Ozone counteracts any bacteria, fungus, virus, or other agents linked in chronic fatigue syndrome or from any of the above conditions when used correctly. Ozone air purifiers help with the physical and chemical sensitivities around the home. Fatigue due to environmental conditions are also improved.
Those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome are deficient in most nutrients and probably related to mal-absorption. Cleaning the colon should be the first step in detoxification for the proper absorption and healing from your nutritional supplements. If yeast or other fungus infections are present with mucus in the upper respiratory track, start out with the Oxy-Mega colon cleanser to clean out as much as possible. When the colon is clean, rectal insufflations with ozone is most beneficial.
Essential vitamins are A-B complex, B12, C, D, E, and beta-carotene. Digestive enzymes and amino acids are essential. All minerals are essential, especially calcium, germanium, iodine, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc. Plant derived dietary supplements like Tropical Sunrise and friendly flora are also beneficial. CoQ-10 or improves cellular oxygenation. It may also be necessary to treat for parasites and viral infections. Dietary supplements that are plant derived like Tropical Sunrise are also beneficial for those with any condition.
Those suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome should maintain an immune enhancing diet low in saturated fats, high in grains, seeds, sprouts, and organic fruits and vegetables. Some fats are beneficial like black current, fish oils, olive, and primrose oil. These oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids known as gamma linoleic acid, which seems to block the release of cytokines and prostaglandins that may play destructive roles in inflammatory diseases. Also read the information on Thyroid Gland Function in the contents.
Avoid all junk, processed, canned, refined foods, alcohol, caffeine, canola oil, diet drinks, gluten, hydrogenated oils, acidic and mucus forming foods, saturated fats, salt, sugar, spaghetti, and white flour.
Dr. Spencer Way writes in the Journal of the Amer. Assoc. of Physicians, Insufficient oxygen means insufficient biological energy that can result in anything from mild fatigue to life threatening disease. The connection between insufficient oxygen and disease has now been firmly established.
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