Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Syndrome Of Uncertain Origin
Until recently chronic fatigue syndrome was not acknowledge by the medical community as being an official medical condition. Those that suffered from CFS not only had to suffer from their ailment but also the judgmental and negative comments about them. Many believed CFS sufferers where making up their medical condition or were hypochondriacs. Finally in 1999 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, put millions of dollars towards research of chronic fatigue syndrome and recently have found that it is a legitimate medical condition. Furthermore, they found that more people may actually be suffering from CFS than originally expected only because they have been misdiagnose or cast aside as making up their symptoms. The medical community has taken the first step by making the medical condition an official ailment. Even though it has finally gained recognition, the medical community still is trying to figure out why and how people contract CFS.
Study Findings about CFS
Even though they are unaware of what causes chronic fatigue syndrome, people in the medical community do have a lot of information on the condition and are learning more and more every day. What they do know is that CFS is a chronic condition that is characterized as having constant and extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months or more that is not relieved from bed rest. This fatigue needs to be accompanies with at least four others symptoms such as impaired short term memory or concentration, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscle or multi-joint pain, severe headaches, sleep that is not refreshing, and post-exertional malaise that goes on for more than twenty four hours. In their quest for finding answers on what causes CFS researchers and medical professionals have stumbled on two very intriguing similarities that most sufferers experience. The first similarity between most of the sufferers is that all of them show deficiencies in one or more vitamins and minerals including salt, some B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, beta carotene, and essential fatty acids. Most CFS sufferers also do have the same intolerances of food that include sugar, processed foods, refined grains, milk, beef, pumpkin, pineapple, and tomatoes. The second similarity deals with environmental factors. It has been found that most of the people that suffer with CFS are either exposed to chemical air contaminants from indoor or outdoor sources, biological air contaminants like pollen and bacteria, or improper or inadequate ventilation. Even though they have found these similarities there is still not enough evidence yet to prove that these things may be the causes of CFS. Researchers are also looking into a wide range of other causes such as genetic factors, infection, immune system abnormalities, low blood pressure, and psychological factors. The medical community is not only unsure about how CFS is contracted but of the best way to treat it . Currently, there is not a prescription medication on the market that treats all the symptoms of CFS. This is why many medical professionals are suggesting alternative therapies to their patients like natural supplements.
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