Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
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.
Connective tissue is found throughout the body and is critical for support and structure. tendons, ligaments, blood, bone, lymph, and fat tissue are among the various types of connective tissue that facilitate proper bodily functioning. Some individuals are born with a genetic problem that interferes with proper collagen production and causes a connective tissue disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS. The condition has 13 different sub-types, each manifesting in unique signs and symptoms. Generally, these individuals present with abnormally flexible joints (hypermobility), abnormally stretchy skin (hyperextensibility), and fragile tissues. Symptoms of EDS are expansive and can include:
-long-lasting or frequent pain in the muscles or bones
-loose, unstable joints that often dislocate
-symptoms of osteoarthritis
-skin that easily tears
-wounds that heal slowly
-skin that feels velvety
-fragile blood vessels
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