The Institute of Medicine defines chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as “a serious, chronic, complex multisystem disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected patients.” There are many theories regarding the cause of CFS ranging between viral infections to emotional stress. One of these theories suggests that CFS might be triggered by a combination of factors. The causes are yet to be determined but there is potentially a genetic link. Beyond that, immune system imbalance and hormonal fluctuations have also been implicated.
While there is no single test to diagnose CFS, it is important to rule out other potential underlying conditions such as: sleep disorders, medical problems, heart and lung impairments, and mental health issues.
This syndrome affects approximately 1 million Americans, mostly women between the ages of 40-50 years and, while there is no cure, there are ways to find relief from symptoms. Symptoms will often range from: extreme fatigue/exhaustion, memory loss, sore throat, orthostatic intolerance, headaches, unexplained muscle and joint pain. CFS symptoms may be treated or managed to provide relief through Complimentary and Integrated Medicine approach.
How We Help
- Complementary Therapies: Meditation techniques, guided relaxation, breathing exercises and training with computerized equipment in self-regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System can be helpful for patients with CFS.
- Professional Counseling: We offer counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with our licensed health psychologist. This can help the patient to develop coping strategies to combat the illness and its impact on daily life and relationships.
- A Healthy and Well-Balanced Diet: Eating a healthy diet not only provides essential energy but can also help those who suffer with this syndrome to thrive. Cutting back on processed foods and high fat foods is important. Eating whole foods, rich in vegetables and fruits, fiber, and lean sources of protein are all recommended.
- Nutrition Evaluation: At the POTS Treatment Center, the Registered and Licensed Nutritionist provides evidence based advise customized to each patient’s needs. This is determined according to their symptoms, lifestyle and blood work that is completed prior to starting the program.
Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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