Over the last weeks I had clients and have been asked by my students repeatedly about what CFS or CFIDS are from a META-Health perspective. Why do you experience Chronic Fatigue? Is there a root-cause that triggers these symptoms? What roles do our emotions and stress play? Can META-Health offer understanding, awareness and solutions to the millions suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and related health issues? .
What is CFS or FM from the traditional point of view?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME) and Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) are the common name for a group of significantly medical conditions which may include widespread muscle and joint pain or weakness, digestive disturbances, depression, painful and often slightly swollen lymph nodes, increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells, cardiac and respiratory problems, sore throat, headaches, chronic and severe mental and physical exhaustion.
CFS may also be referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS), chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), or by several other terms. Biological, genetic, infectious and psychological mechanisms have been proposed, but the etiology of CFS is not understood and it may have multiple causes. CFS symptoms vary in number, type, and severity from person to person. Quality of life of persons with CFS can be extremely compromised.
Hypothyroidism, anemia, diabetes and certain psychiatric disorders are a few of the diseases that must be ruled out if the patient presents with appropriate symptoms. People with fibromyalgia, like those with CFS, have muscle pain, severe fatigue and sleep disturbances. The presence of allodynia (abnormal pain responses to mild stimulation) and of extensive tender points in specific locations differentiates FM from CFS, though the two diseases often co-occur.1
CFS or FM can be a very frustrating experiences because of the perception that nothing works and no options are available to get our of the vicious cycle of exhaustion, depression and pain. Continue reading