July 22, 2012,
L.B. asks from Berwick, ME on July 21, 2012
Chronic Fatique Syndrome
Do you have Chronic Fatique Syndrome. Would you please share with me how you were diagnosed, your symptoms and how you manage. Thanks
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Thanks for your answers. I don't have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am a nurse with a patient that has it and I just wanted to understand the condition from a personal perspective vs medical books.
M.G. answers from Seattle on July 21, 2012
Whilst I do not have CFS I do have Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue is a symptom of that as well. I would recommend going to your general practitioner and getting in to see a rheumatologist. That is who I received my diagnosis from. I'm sorry but I'm not certain of the diagnostic procedures for CFS.
The way I manage my chronic fatigue is to allow myself tons of breaks throughout the day and allow myself not to feel guilty for needing naps or extra time to do things that would take a typical individual less time. I exercise to the best of my ability and yes sometimes overdo it. I am still coming to terms with my own limits. It is best to know your own threshold and to ask for help when you need it. Let those around you know what you need and don't feel helpless or guilty about asking for help. I try to eat healthy but do allow my own indulgences. I don't drink or do any type of drugs as drinking aggravates the fatigue and I'm not a drug user. I only take my prescribed medications. I found that having my vitamin levels checked was very beneficial because I was extremely low in vitamin D, B12 and iron. That made my fatigue worse. While no I'm not better and probably never will be I am doing better with the addition of vitamins and medications along with all the other things I mentioned.
I wish you the best.
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D.B. answers from Boston on July 22, 2012
I have numerous friends with CFS and they have managed it and virtually eliminated it by using patented nutritional supplements in a powder form (mixed with liquid). PATENTED is the key - proven safe, effective and unique. There are a couple of ways to go on this and I can help you or put you in touch with them. CFS, Epstein-Barr, fibromyalgia, everyone. My son had a vicious case of mononucleosis (horrible fatigue but also a dangerously enlarged spleen and a bleeding throat. Unbelievable recovery, and never been ill or fatigued since. Message me if you want more help.
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A.M. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2012
I don't suffer CFS, or at least not that I know of diagnosticly. However, one of my Dr.'s recommended I try a supplement called Adrenal Support. I just started taking this the other day and OH MY GOODNESS, I felt AWESOME after taking it.
It's an all natural supplement that really works. I suffer major fatigue and I couldn't believe how good I felt just after one day of taking this. I got it from the Dr. for $35.00 but I found it on Amazon for $39.99 (I think) and if you go on Amazon read the reviews on this, I didn't find one review with less than 5 stars and some of the reviews were from CFS patients.
Look it up and then talk with your Dr. and see if he/she has any opposition to you taking it. I know that when I'm feeling down in the dumps I'd pay big bucks not to have to sleep and rest so much, so to only have to pay $35.00 a month to feel better is great for me! Plus it's not just another "drug" it's almost like a really strong multi-vitamin.
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J.S. answers from Hartford on July 22, 2012
I have CFS as part of my Fibromyalgia. I'm still new to these diagnoses, relatively speaking, so I'll be following this thread with interest. Controlling the flare-ups hasn't been easy or even always effective.
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W.P. answers from New York on July 22, 2012
I was mistakenly diagnosed with CFS back in the 1990's because of moderate to severe fatigue. I was later diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was tired all of the time, but some of the things that have helped ease my fatigue include: regular B-12 injections, taking whole-food vitamin supplements (Garden of Life and New Chapter Organics have high quality choices), eating well (mostly vegetarian diet), exercising regularly (walking, swimming, bicycling, yoga, pilates, working out at the gym), and (of course) getting enough sleep. (This is the most difficult one to accomplish!) Good luck managing your symptoms. You will have to make some lifestyle changes, but the changes will be worth it!
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