Chronic Fatigue

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about half a million Americans currently suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS. The causes of the disease are unknown, and its symptoms so closely match the symptoms of other diseases that it can be difficult to diagnose. If you suspect you may have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, talk with your doctor.

If you suspect that your doctor may be skeptical about the existence of CFS, consider switching to another doctor, at least for your diagnosis. Many doctors can't believe in something until they fully understand its cause. Until the cause of CFS is found, many doctors will continue to disbelieve it. However, CFS sufferers can tell you that the ailment is very real.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue

Many of the symptoms of CFS resemble symptoms of the flu. While the flu usually clears up in a matter of weeks, CFS lingers for months or years. In fact, a patient can't be diagnosed with CFS until he or she has felt extremely fatigued for six months or longer. In addition to lethargy and fatigue, the patient may have sore lymph nodes, joints and muscles, poor concentration, and trouble sleeping.

Treating your CFS may take some experimentation, and a lot of patience. For instance, some sufferers benefit from low doses of anti-depressant medication, while others become more tired after taking the anti-depressants. Exercise is important, but too much exercise will probably make you feel worse. You'll want to try dietary supplements that boost the immune system, as well.

Much evidence points to the powerful impact glutathione levels can have on the health of a person with CFS. Glutathione is a tripeptide that naturally occurs in every cell of the human body. In those who are sick, glutathione levels tend to be low. Oral glutathione supplements are not effective, because glutathione is digested and broken down in the stomach, meaning very little actually reaches the bloodstream. It's important to take a precursor or building block of glutathione, and the most important of these is cysteine. Cysteine is best supplied by bioactive undenatured whey proteins. People with CFS can benefit from undenatured whey proteins that raise their glutathione back up to a normal, healthy level.

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