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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Virus Hunters Turn to Social Media -- and Chili Peppers

Llewellyn King | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Why were two of the world's most eminent scientific researchers sitting down to munch their way through a plate of chili peppers, flavored with Tabasco sauce, setting their mouths on fire?

Why It Can Be So Difficult To Differentiate Between Fatigue And Depression

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Depression is a major mental health issue that affects many men and women worldwide each day, but it's not uncommon for their symptoms to be confused ...

The Coffee Complex

Sophie Cowley | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Sophie Cowley

Unconsciously, I have been using caffeine as a means of conforming to the ableist ideal of productivity. This can be dangerous, as drinking coffee can actually lead me to overexertion. In other words, I am fooled into thinking I can do more than my body is able.

10 Things I Want You To Know About Living With A Chronic Illness

Michaela Shelley | Posted 05.12.2015 | Teen
Michaela Shelley

"But you look perfectly fine!" The problem is, we aren't "fine." The reason most people with chronic illnesses look "fine" is because approximately 96 percent of chronic illnesses are invisible.

Key Features of Possibly the Most Underserved and Underdiagnosed Disease: Do You Have It?

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

This is not tired because you've had a long day. It's fatigue like you have the flu or like you are on chemotherapy. Some patients describe this as feeling like they have lead in their body or that they have no energy, like a dead battery.

Why Routine Blood Tests Often Fail to Detect Low Thyroid Function (And What We Can Do About It)

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

The lab range used for routine testing has been a controversial topic in medicine in recent years. There is much debate and arguing as to what the actual range should be and what normal is.

Your Syndrome's Missing Benefit

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Doctors don't much care for conditions we don't understand well, can't treat effectively, and can't even confirm with a blood test. The frustration that results often translates into one of medicine's more common, and most regrettable missteps: blaming the victim. Patients with syndromes are often overtly, or at least covertly, blamed for their symptoms and engender an "it's all in his/her head" attitude in their doctor.

A Test For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects one million Americans, according to recent estimates. Yet there's no reliable lab test for the...

No, Chronic Fatigue Symptoms Are Not Made Up

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors are getting a new way to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome — and influential government advisers say it's time to replac...

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Sarah Hannah | Posted 02.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sarah Hannah

It's the 18th of December and the Christmas countdown is officially on. Last week, I came across a new trend unravelling on my Instagram -- #ShareATre...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And The Brain

Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins Chronic fatigue syndrome affects as many as four in a thousand people in the United States -- perhaps more. Despite that, there...

Still Undiagnosed? 3 Options to Try

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Millions of people suffer from undiagnosed or untreated chronic conditions. The most difficult to diagnose tend to be autoimmune, inflammatory, and au...

The Crisis in Medical Research Portends a Tsunami of Disease

Llewellyn King | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Nothing is more damaging to research than funding instability. The universities and many research laboratories -- including those run by the government -- operate like concertinas. They expand and contract according the whim of Congress.

How I Recovered From ME: My First Steps and Redefining Success

Veronica Layunta Maurel | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Veronica Layunta Maurel

Through my healing process I have experienced the biggest shifts and the greatest miracles by redefining what a happy and successful life is to me. Success means now health, boundaries, honest expression, connection, sharing, creativity.

When Life Isn't Working According to Plan...

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

We all have dreams -- dreams for love, for career, for our bodies, for our finances, for our health, for "fill in the blank." But often our beliefs, theories and thinking get in our way of having full on happiness and living into our dreams.

Feeling Tired and Achy? Here's Another Perspective to Think About

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Despite how common symptoms seem, there is no such thing as cookie-cutter medicine and each patient needs to be evaluated as though each case is in fact different, even if the symptoms seem common.

The Most Prevalent and Devastating Disease Your Doctor Has Never Heard Of

Jennifer Brea | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Brea

There is something elusive in the nature of the illness such that unless you live it, or live with and care for someone who does, it's almost impossible understand or describe. You might come close after decades of treating patients. At every turn, language fails.

I Have a Disease: I Am Not My Disease

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 11.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Norma Cook Everist

People, encountering someone with a disability and therefore aware of their own vulnerability, may become dismissive or fearful. Fears for themselves, fears for me and about me. Who knows? Is ME/CFS genetic, environmental, viral, or what?

What Should Doctors Do When They Don't Know What to Do

Allen Frances | Posted 08.24.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The difficulty accepting uncertainty is just as strong today as it ever has been. It leads now to excessive testing, quack treatments, and blaming the patient. We need to expand our frontiers of knowledge, but also to recognize our limitations and do the best we can within them.

Are Your Physical Symptoms in Your Head?

Allen Frances | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

'It is all in your head' is no more helpful an answer to the patient's puzzling and troubling question than were 'the spirits are angry' or 'the gods are punishing you' or 'your four humors are unbalanced.'

2013: The Year Fatigue Set In

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Marian Salzman

"Fatigue" turned out to be the perfect word for what many people were beginning to feel after a few years of hyperconnectivity, information overload and always-on living.

How Does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Affect Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Over the past two decades, chronic fatigue syndrome has won acceptance by the medical establishment. But much about the disorder -- its causes, its mechanisms in the body -- remain largely unknown.

One Woman's Story Of Finding Love In Midlife

www.thirdage.com | Posted 05.07.2012 | Fifty

"Love is lovelier the second time around. Just as wonderful, with both feet on the ground. It’s that second time you hear your love song sung, makes...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome -- A Treatable Autoimmune Disease

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 12.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

The argument that CFS is not related to the immune system may now be less stridently asserted. That would be real progress.

Brain Fog in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.

Brain fog is a classic part of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, presenting as horrible short-term memory, difficulty with word finding and word substitution, and occasional disorientation.