Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a common name that refers to persistent fatigue typically followed by numerous other symptoms of which cannot be treated simply by rest. Envita Medical Centers provides world-class treatment and immunotherapy for (CFIDS) Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. Long lasting fatigue at Envita is diagnosed and treated as a full body disease, multi- infectious, multi-toxin, heavy metals, Immune comprised, multi-gland (thyroid, adrenal and pancreatic issues), including brain neurochemistry balancing. Envita incorporates a highly personalized and customized treatment plan for each patient.
Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) was first recognized and named in the 1980’s. CFS is a controversial illness, and a lot of conventional medical professionals still either doubt its existence or believe it is just a psychological ailment. In the past, it has taken patients years to get a correct diagnosis.
But CFS has been around since the 1700’s, and it is very real for those who suffer from it. Patients with CFS often have a decreased ability to work or engage in educational, social, and personal activities due to their fatigue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines CFS as severe fatigue lasting for at least 6 months, having no definable or organic disease, and accompanied by four or more of the following physical symptoms: sore throat, forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating, tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpits, muscle and joint pain without swelling, headaches, unrefreshing sleep, post-exertion malaise lasting more than 24 hours, and tiredness that lasts more than 24 hours. In addition, those with CFS can experience: fluctuations in weight and appetite, chills, night sweats, diarrhea, mild fever, and blurry vision.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about half a million Americans have CFS-like conditions. Accurate statistics are difficult to obtain due to the difficulty with proper diagnosis, but it is estimated that anywhere from four to seven million people in the United States have CFS.
CFS can surface after a traumatic or stressful event, or after infection, or after exposure to environmental toxins, and can also be caused by other problems, such as anemia, endocrine dysfunction, low blood pressure, or immune or central nervous system dysfunction. For example, research has revealed a connection between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and chronic enterovirus infection of the stomach. In one particular study, over 80% of persons with chronic fatigue syndrome tested positive for enteroviral particles compared with only 20% in healthy persons. Enteroviruses include: herpes viruses, such as Epstein-Barr, human herpes virus types six and seven, herpes simplex virus types one and two, and the cytomegalovirus, as well as the Coxsackie virus, and others.
Treatment of CFS must take a comprehensive and specialized approach, and it must go beyond conventional medicine’s “fix” of bed rest and antidepressants.
At Envita, we have been focusing on the area of chronic disease for almost a decade. We understand the pain, frustration, and emotional struggle that can accompany chronic conditions. Those with CFS are often told they are just lazy and do not have a physical problem, or that they are imagining their illness. We provide our patients with a supportive and caring environment, and we help them find answers.
At Envita, we are results-oriented, and we take a comprehensive and personalized approach to care. We use cutting-edge therapies from around the world to identify and treat the underlying causes of disease, and not just the symptoms. As part of our Disease Solutions Program®, we combine the best of natural and conventional medicine to treat chronic conditions and help patients move on with their lives.
Everyone deserves the energy to enjoy life. We are here to help!
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