Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has been around for centuries, under a number of different names. Sir Richard Manningham first described an illness that fits the modern description of CFS way back in 1750. Interest in chronic fatigue has come and gone, largely because healthcare professionals could not agree how to define the disorder – what seemed to be true for one patient might not have been true for another.
Modern healthcare professionals still talk about CFS today, but it remains poorly defined. It also remains a disabling condition, and by disabling, I don’t mean feeling a bit tired and in need of an afternoon nap – I mean fatigue so debilitating that a person with CFS can’t get out of bed, go out with friends or family, or just live their lives. People with CFS are exhausted, and all the sleep in the world doesn’t help.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome causes a number of other troubling symptoms that reduce the quality of life, such as memory impairment, mood swings, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle aches and joint pain. Some refer to CFS as Immune Dysfunction Syndrome because of the way it depletes the immune system, which leaves you vulnerable to nearly any infectious agent that comes your way.
These widespread and seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms make it difficult to diagnose CFS, as many conditions share those same symptoms. Depression can cause long lasting and debilitating fatigue, for example, as can overwork.
Medical professionals still have not come to an agreement as to what causes CFS, nor have they developed tests that definitively diagnose CFS like there are blood tests to diagnose anemia or x-rays to see a broken bone. Patients with CFS are often told that they are just imagining their symptoms. Because chronic fatigue syndrome is poorly understood among medical professionals and people in the community, people with CFS are sometimes ridiculed by friends and family – and even by members of the medical community.
Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
So, between the varying symptoms, the poorly-understood causes and frequent dismissal of CFS, it is no wonder that people search the internet for help with their chronic fatigue syndrome! The good news is that there is plenty of information about CFS on the internet, but the bad news is that the information is not always accurate. The vague nature of CFS symptoms, and the overlap of symptoms between CFS and other conditions, can lead to a lot of internet-inspired diagnosing and incorrect diagnoses. Someone might have fatigue on and off, for example, and mistake that for the long lasting symptoms of CFS.
The best way to find out if you have chronic fatigue syndrome is to visit with a doctor who understands CFS, and who can diagnose CFS by systematically excluding other diseases. Specially trained clinicians can rule out other forms of fatigue, such as fatigue caused by anemia, heavy metal toxicity or plain old lack of quality sleep.
Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Hormones
The Carragher Method also considers one very important but often overlooked key factor in CFS: hormones. Deficiencies of certain hormones can cause fatigue symptoms that closely mimic the symptoms of CFS, so I always make sure that patients’ hormones are optimized before I give a final diagnosis and begin treatment specifically for CFS.
I treat many of my CFS patients with high doses of thyroid hormone several times each day. In patients with optimized hormone levels, the additional thyroid can help ease the pain and drowsiness of CFS.
I always use Cortef, which contains hydrocortisone that is basically the same kind of cortisone produced by your adrenal glands. Cortef restores cortisone level, resulting in anti-inflammatory and energizing effects that combat both the muscle/joint aches and fatigue common to CFS.
Doctors who do not specialize in CFS and hormone optimization often use another medication, prednisone, trying to achieve the same effects. Prednisone has many problematic side effects when used over time, though, whereas using Cortef at correct doses is very safe.
If you think you have CFS, or if you feel tired all of the time and are not sure why, contact The Body Well. We understand CFS and hormone imbalances, and are prepared to offer safe and effective treatment for your chronic fatigue. Contact us today for a knowledgeable and reasonable approach to restoring your energy levels and regaining that action-packed life you used to love.
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