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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome? (CFS, CFIDS)
Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, for short – is a complex disease involving multi-system disturbances and abnormalities. Here are some basic facts about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and its symptoms:
- Approximately four to seven million people are afflicted with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in this country alone. Accurate statistics are difficult to obtain due to the difficulty in diagnosing. As many as fifteen million Americans have fatigue-related issues without a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, yet exhibit the symptoms.
- It is a debilitating condition marked with extreme exhaustion and fatigue. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients have a severe chronic fatigue lasting six months or longer (having excluded other potential conditions) and also having four or more of the following symptoms: substantial impairment in short-term memory or concentration, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscle pain, multi-joint pain without swelling or redness, headaches of a new type, pattern or severity, unrefreshing sleep, and post-exertion malaise lasting more than 24 hours.
- Past treatment regimens have focused primarily on bed rest, antidepressant medications and the need to “learn to live” with the symptoms. Research is ongoing, but is it believed there are four major contributing factors: low thyroid levels, adrenal exhaustion, undiagnosed chronic infections and underlying mitochondrial dysfunction.
- Diagnosis may be difficult with a vast number of other diseases and illnesses having similar contributing factors. In the past, it has taken years for patients to receive a diagnosis. Parameters have now been established for earlier identification and intervention. If the symptoms listed below do not adequately describe what you’re feeling, you may have Unrelenting Fatigue.
- For many people, symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome emerge following the experience of a dramatic event, physical or emotional, or a stressful period in their lives. It is not unusual for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients to correlate their symptoms to events such as this. Studies are proving that underlying infections or imbalances may manifest during these periods. Some identified symptoms are listed below.
- Treatment requires an extensive knowledge of the specialized field and focus on the symptoms. Tremendous advances have been made in the understanding and treatment of this disease. Successful treatment requires a comprehensive approach, determination by the patient and support by those in their lives.
- A new study by the Center for Disease Control showed that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is six to ten times as common as previously suspected.
Common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:
- Unexplained extreme fatigue
- Decreased ability to perform work or educational, social and personal activities due to fatigue
- Chronic or frequent sore throat
- Muscle pain
- Difficulty with concentration or short term memory
- Headaches unlike those previously experienced
- Joint pain unrelated to injury or trauma
- Unrefreshed sleep
- Tender lymph nodes
- Chronic low-grade fever
By taking a patient-centric, holistic (meaning treating the whole body, not just the symptoms) approach to treatment we have achieved an over 90% success rate in helping patients get their lives back! Our treatment approach looks at not only relieving symptoms, but addressing the underlying etiologies that cause those symptoms.
About our Affordable Treatment Program…
Through the years we have found that cost is often a major issue when a patient is deciding on proper medical treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. We have discovered that there is a lot more to the cost issue than simply the price of various treatments. Often patients waste a lot of time and money because they do not have the necessary information to make an optimal decision. Our understanding of the underlying issues causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has enabled us to address these issues.
Our experience shows that there are 3 major barriers preventing people from getting proper treatment.
We call these barriers the “3 C’s”
Confusion exists because very few doctors (and patients) understand this complicated ailment. “Mainstream” doctors have a limited understanding because they don’t have the time or impetus to learn about it. In terms of treatment, a 5 to 10 minute office visit affords them the time to prescribe a prescription drug that may or may not cover up a portion of a patient’s symptoms. On the other hand, most integrative and holistic practitioners have a better grasp of the underlying issues associated with Chronic Fatigue, but their treatment protocols are often disjointed and typically only solve a few pieces of the puzzle. We have done extensive research and have years of experience. This alleviates the confusion involved in choosing treatment. We have a clear, proven, individualized, comprehensive protocol that overcomes the confusion barrier.
Credibility is always an issue as most patients have been through “the mill” and have been bounced around to many different doctors with conflicting opinions, often times over many years. They frequently don’t know who or what to believe. We spend time explaining the underlying causes of this debilitating condition so as to remove the confusion. We have spent many years researching and formulating our protocol for maximum effectiveness and ease of compliance. We have a proven 90% success rate! That’s unsurpassed credibility! Our patient testimonials prove it.
Cost is the biggest issue and often the hardest to overcome. The typical medical insurance model forces physicians to increase patient volume in order for their business model to work. This inevitably compromises patient care. In order to properly address complicated medical problems a qualified physician must spend adequate time to address all the issues involved with diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care. For this reason we don’t participate in any insurance programs. This allows us the freedom to act in the patient’s best interest.
Even though we do not accept insurance, we have addressed the cost issue with our Affordable Treatment program. If you have health insurance, your blood lab work will be covered under the terms of your policy. For office visits, we will provide you with an invoice with the proper treatment codes which you can submit to your insurer for reimbursement.
If you do not have health insurance, we can arrange for discounted lab services for blood lab work. We also have the expertise to work out an individualized treatment program with your budget in mind. We offer no interest financing and will work with you to develop payment structures that meet your individual needs.