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Chronic fatigue syndrome researchers offer physical evidence

A University of Alberta study has verified that there is physical evidence for those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), giving new weight to the often stigmatized and misdiagnosed disorder. Research just published in the "International Journal of Psychophysiology" determined that, using independent criteria, CFS can be distinguished from depression--two disorders that share many of the same symptoms.

CFS is an often debilitating disorder, characterized by a constellation of symptoms including fever, sore throat, headache, muscle weakness, myalgias, post-external malaise, sleep and cognitive disturbances. The level of disability varies for people with CFS, but some individuals find they are unable to return to work or function normally on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are subjective in nature and are difficult to quantify or confirm, says Hannah Pazderka-Robinson, the lead author on the study. Not only does the stigma attached with the disorder play an emotional toll on the patient, but it has implications for insurance claims as well. read more ...


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Coping with chronic fatigue - Kingman woman fights rare illness
Terry Organ, Kingman Daily Miner

KINGMAN - Rena Dreisen was tired of being continually tired when she went to see her doctor last September.

She had little energy during the preceding three months and wanted to find out why. A blood test provided the answer.

Dreisen was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, which could cause a person to seem perfectly healthy one day and be sick the next, Dreisen said. It's caused by a virus and is not contagious.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is an emerging illness characterized by debilitating fatigue (manifested as exhaustion and very poor stamina), neurological problems and a variety of flulike symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
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Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue? Check for Sinusitis

Georgetown University Medical Center News Release

Patients suffering with unexplained chronic fatigue or unexplained body pain should ask their doctors to check for sinusitis, according to a Georgetown University Medical Center researcher. A study published in the August 11, 2003 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrates a possible link between these ailments, offering possible new hope to patients.

The observational study found that patients with unexplained chronic fatigue were nine times more likely to also suffer sinus symptoms than members of a control group, and patients with unexplained chronic pain were six times more likely to have sinus symptoms. An earlier ear, nose, and throat study cited by this Georgetown research found that symptoms such as chronic fatigue and body pain were alleviated following treatment of sinusitis.

Taken together, these studies give sufferers reason for optimism.  read more...

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Regular exercise can help chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers 
WebIndia123.com
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Latest research has shown that chronic fatigue sufferers can get renewed energy with just three months of regular exercise.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a major health problem that severely affects quality of life and even the ability to carry on with usual day-to-day activities.

The treatment typically focuses on reducing fatigue and other symptoms and helping get patients back into an active lifestyle with the help of some simple measures like improving sleep habits, relaxation therapy, antidepressants, psychotherapy, and exercise.
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