Overview

Center-For-Health-Science-Chronic-Fatigue-SyndromeFibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are closely related disorders that frequently co-occur. They are so similar in pattern, symptoms and response to treatment that many researchers view them as two faces of the same disorder.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are poorly understood. Current research indicates that in many cases a viral infection may be involved; nutrition, genetics and physical and emotional stressors are possible factors as well. Both CFS and FM are “rule out” diagnoses, meaning that the symptoms of many disorders overlap and these conditions must be assessed prior to giving the CFS or FM diagnoses.

Western conventional medicine continues to debate on whether fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are ‘real” disorders or are psychologically caused. Treatment includes psychotherapy, exercise, local heat, stress management, drugs to improve sleep, and analgesics.


Natural Treatment Approaches

Western Naturopathy views fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue as very real dysfunctions with multiple causes, including reaction to pathogens, nutritional deficiencies and endocrine dysregulation. Treatment consists of promotion of sleep, healthy endocrine function, diet and lifestyle modification, treatment of pathogens and promotion of healthy neurotransmitter balance. Nutritional interventions including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, control of pathogens and psychotherpy promoting coping strategies.

Traditional Chinese Medicine considers fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue to be combinations of several disease patterns rather than specific illnesses.  Generally, these are considered Liver diseases, intertwined with Wind, Cold, and Damp. The TCM physician considers several patterns in selecting the appropriate formula, such as damp heat, Liver Qi Depression, Kidney yin deficiency, kidney yang deficiency, Lung yin deficiency, Liver deficiency, Liver stagnation and Spleen deficiency.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 7 steps in your approach to recovering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. You will need to take more supplements, in higher doses, than usual. It typically takes as long as 3 months to start feeling better. You can begin to slowly taper off most treatments when you feel well for 6 months.

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this. Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST: Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. CHS offers many medical lab tests that you may do at home to explore the causes of your fatigue. Click on the “Lab Testing” tab above for more information.
3. START a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that contribute to symptoms. Nearly all FM/CFS sufferers are helped by this step. Dr. Elmer Cranton has posted an excellent guide to elimination dieting at DrCranton.com
4. SLEEP: Proper sleep is crucial. We do not recommend sleep drugs or antidepressants, both of which are highly addictive and quickly lose effectiveness. Review our sleep information by clicking on the link at left.
5. EXERCISE is particularly challenging to those with FM/CFS but is absolutely essential for full recovery. Walking, swimming, stretching and yoga are best.
6. TAKE the CHS Wellness Package or other comprehensive wellness supplement program to assure basic nutritional needs are met.
7. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

CFS Symptoms

Formal diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome requires two conditions be met:

1. Unexplained, persistent fatigue that is not due to ongoing exertion, is not substantially relieved by rest, is of new onset (not lifelong) and results in a significant reduction in previous levels of activity.

2. Four or more of the following symptoms are present for six months or more:

  • Impaired memory or concentration
  • Postexertional malaise
  • Prolonged exhaustion (more than 24 hours) following physical or mental exertion
  • Insomnia and unrefreshing sleep
  • Widespread muscular pain and tenderness
  • Multijoint pain without swelling or redness adults
  • Migraine or tension headaches
  • Sore throat that’s frequent or recurring
  • Tender cervical or axillary lymph nodes

Other common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:

  • Stiffness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Achiness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Increased thirst
  • Recurring infections
  • Easily exhausted
  • Weight gain
  • Low libido
  • Jaw pain
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Irritable bladder
  • Pelvic pain syndromes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder
  • Allergies or sensitivities to foods, alcohol, odors, chemicals, medications or noise
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tingling sensations
  • Visual disturbances, such as blurring, sensitivity to light, eye pain and dry eyes
  • Dizziness, balance problems or fainting
  • Dry mouth
  • Earache
  • Irregular heartbeat

Chronic fatigue syndrome is treatable. Many of these symptoms can result from a variety of medical and psychological problems which must be ruled out in order to select the best treatment.

CHS offers many medical lab tests to explore the causes of your symptoms, which may be done at home and do not require a blood draw.  You do not need to see a physician first, and the results are never reported to your insurance company, although you may want to show your doctor the results. Select Lab Testing tab above for more information on testing, or click here to see our lab recommendations: Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 7 steps in your approach to recovering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. You will need to take more supplements, in higher doses, than usual. It typically takes as long as 3 months to start feeling better. You can begin to slowly taper off most treatments when you feel well for 6 months.

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this. Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.

2. TEST Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. CHS offers many medical lab tests to explore the causes of your fatigue. Click on the “Lab Testing” tab above for more information.

3. START a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that contribute to symptoms. Nearly all FM/CFS sufferers are helped by this step. Dr. Elmer Cranton has posted an excellent guide to elimination dieting at DrCranton.com

4. SLEEP: Proper sleep is crucial. We do not recommend sleep drugs or antidepressants, both of which are highly addictive and quickly lose effectiveness. Review our sleep information by clicking on the link at left.

5. EXERCISE is particularly challenging to those with FM/CFS but is absolutely essential for full recovery. Walking, swimming, stretching and yoga are best.

6. TAKE the CHS Wellness Package or other comprehensive wellness supplement program to assure basic nutritional needs are met.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.

7. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

FM Symptoms
Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is based on the presence of widespread pain (at least 3 months duration) and tenderness on 11 of 18 pressure points. See chart below.
Common symptoms of FM include:
  • Widespread pain
  • Abnormal pain processing
  • Sleep disturbance and unrefreshing sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Psychological distress including depression and anxiety
  • Morning stiffness
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Problems with thinking and memory
  • Brain fog
  • Painful menstrual periods and other pain syndromes

Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

When the Fibromyalgia criteria are met, health professionals need to exclude other illnesses before a diagnosis can be confirmed.  Because there is no diagnostic lab test for Fibromyalgia, it is a diagnosis of exclusion.
Fibromyalgia is treatable. Many of these symptoms can result from a variety of medical and psychological problems which must be ruled out in order to select the best treatment.
CHS offers many medical lab tests to explore the causes of your symptoms, which may be done at home and do not require a blood draw.  You do not need to see a physician first, and the results are never reported to your insurance company, although you may want to show your doctor the results. Select Lab Testing tab above for more information on testing, or click here to see our lab recommendations: Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 7 steps in your approach to recovering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. You will need to take more supplements, in higher doses, than usual. It typically takes as long as 3 months to start feeling better. You can begin to slowly taper off most treatments when you feel well for 6 months.

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this– Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. CHS offers many medical lab tests to explore the causes of your fatigue. Click on the “Lab Testing” tab above for more information.
3. START a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that contribute to symptoms. Nearly all FM/CFS sufferers are helped by this step. Dr. Elmer Cranton has posted an excellent guide to elimination dieting at DrCranton.com
4. SLEEP: Proper sleep is crucial. We do not recommend sleep drugs or antidepressants, both of which are highly addictive and quickly lose effectiveness. Review our sleep information by clicking on the link at left.
5. EXERCISE is particularly challenging to those with FM/CFS but is absolutely essential for full recovery. Walking, swimming, stretching and yoga are best.

6. TAKE the CHS Wellness Package or other comprehensive wellness supplement program to assure basic nutritional needs are met.
7. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Treatments

The Professionals at Center for Health Science do not prescribe controlled medications.

In accordance with FDA rules, the products described below and sold by CHS are not intended to diagnose or treat any illness. They are nutrients that have been found through journal published, peer reviewed studies to have the effects reported. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific diagnosis and guidance as needed.

Treatment for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also called myalgic encephalopathy) is based on reducing inflammation, identifying and treating infections and hypersensitivities, helping with mood and sleep issues and supporting the endocrine system.

Recent research has found a high correlation of these disorders with certain viral and other infections. CHS experts believe that such invaders effect all body systems and result in the wide ranging symptoms typical of FM and CFS.
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. CHS professionals have trained under Dr. Teitelbaum and follow his advice on testing and treatments. We recommend his best selling book From Fatigued to Fantastic! Newly Revised 3rd Edition, for the latest in research and treatment. From Fatigued to Fantastic! Order this and other books by Dr. Teitelbaum at EndFatigue.com
Dr. Teitelbaum has developed his SHINE Protocol to aid recovery. This program promotes healing through Sleep, Hormone balancing, Infection fighting, Nutrition and Exercise. This protocol recommends specific prescription and nonprescription approaches to nutritional supplementation, sleep, hormone balancing, combating invaders, boosting immunity, dealing with brain fog, preventing migraines, boosting energy and relieving pain. You can review Dr. Teitelbaum’s SHINE protocol online here: SHINE PROTOCOL


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 7 steps in your approach to recovering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. You will need to take more supplements, in higher doses, than usual. It typically takes as long as 3 months to start feeling better. You can begin to slowly taper off most treatments when you feel well for 6 months.

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this– Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.

2. TEST Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. CHS offers many medical lab tests to explore the causes of your fatigue. Click on the “Lab Testing” tab above for more information.

3. START a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that contribute to symptoms. Nearly all FM/CFS sufferers are helped by this step. Click Here for a guide to elimination dieting.

4. SLEEP: Proper sleep is crucial. We do not recommend sleep drugs or antidepressants, both of which are highly addictive and quickly lose effectiveness. Review our sleep information by clicking on the link at left.

5. EXERCISE is particularly challenging to those with FM/CFS but is absolutely essential for full recovery. Walking, swimming, stretching and yoga are best.

6. TAKE a comprehensive wellness supplement program to assure basic nutritional needs are met.

7. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms.  Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Causes
Several possible causes have been proposed for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, although no clear causal relationship has been proven. Proposed causes include:
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • History of allergies
  • Virus infection, such as Epstein-Barr virus, human herpesvirus 6, enteroviruses, rubella, Candida albicans, Ross River
  • irus and Coxiella burnetti
  • Mycoplasmal infection
  • Fungal infection
  • Parasitic infection
  • Dysfunction in the immune system
  • Food and additive allergies and hypersensitivity
  • Exposure to heavy metals and industrial chemicals
  • Changes in the levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus, pituitary glands or adrenal glands
  • Mild, chronic low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • An autoimmune process causing inflammation of certain nervous-system pathways
  • A viral infection complicated by a dysfunctional immune response
  • A low blood pressure disorder that triggers the fainting reflex
  • An active, identifiable medical condition that often results in fatigue
  • Medication side-effects
  • Depression

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, the leading expert on CFS and Fibromyalgia, believes that the primary cause of these disorders is hypothalamic dysfunction. “The hypothalamus is the body’s master gland and can be likened to the main circuit in your home’s breaker box. The hypothalamus is weakened by long term exposure to physical or emotional stress, which will cause it to ‘blow.’ When the main fuse blows, all of the systems regulated by the hypothalamus malfunction. These systems include the glands (affecting the thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones), the autonomic system (which regulates body temperature, blood pressure, and the anti diuretic hormone) and the sleep center.

People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia typically suffer from a combination of different problems. The pattern can include infections (viral or bacterial), insomnia and hormonal problems, a combination Dr. T refers to as the “autoimmune triad.” Other possible underlying issues include immune system dysfunction, mild chronic low blood pressure, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and iron deficiency anemia. www.endfatigue.com

Dr. Teitelbaum has published 2 authoritative books on the subject: “From Fatigued to Fantastic” and “Pain Free 1-2-3.” He has developed a protocol for treatment (see Treatments) and has formulated several products which may help. Dr. Teitelbaum’s books and products are available from CHS.

Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 7 steps in your approach to recovering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. You will need to take more supplements, in higher doses, than usual. It typically takes as long as 3 months to start feeling better. You can begin to slowly taper off most treatments when you feel well for 6 months.

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this– Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. CHS offers many medical lab tests to explore the causes of your fatigue. Click on the “Lab Testing” tab above for more information.
3. START a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that contribute to symptoms. Nearly all FM/CFS sufferers are helped by this step. Click Here for a guide to elimination dieting.
4. SLEEP: Proper sleep is crucial. We do not recommend sleep drugs or antidepressants, both of which are highly addictive and quickly lose effectiveness. Review our sleep information by clicking on the link at left.
5. EXERCISE is particularly challenging to those with FM/CFS but is absolutely essential for full recovery. Walking, swimming, stretching and yoga are best.
6. TAKEa comprehensive wellness supplement program to assure basic nutritional needs are met.
7. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms.  Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.