Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)

How it affects quality of life

Most cases of CFS are mild or moderate, but up to one in four people with CFS have severe symptoms. These are defined as follows:

  • Mild: you are able to care for yourself, but may need days off work to rest.
  • Moderate: you may have reduced mobility, and your symptoms can vary. You may also have disturbed sleep patterns, and need to sleep in the afternoon.
  • Severe: you are able to carry out minimal daily tasks, such as brushing your teeth, but you have significantly reduced mobility. You may also have difficulty concentrating.
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Why it happens

It is not known exactly what causes CFS.
Various theories have been suggested, including:

  • a viral infection (we then talk about post viral fatigue)
  • problems with the immune system
  • an imbalance of hormones
  • psychiatric problems, such as stress / burn out or emotional trauma

Some people are thought to be more susceptible to the condition due to their genes, as the condition is more common in some families.

More research is needed to confirm exactly what causes the condition.

How it is diagnosed

There are specific guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) about the diagnosis and management of CFS.

NICE says that a diagnosis of CFS should be considered if you meet specific criteria regarding your fatigue (for example, it can’t be explained by other conditions) and if you have other symptoms too, such as sleeping problems or problems thinking and concentrating.

The diagnosis can then be confirmed if these symptoms are experienced for several months.

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How it is treated

There is currently no cure for CFS. Most of the treatments (CBT, gradual exercises programme, medication) available aim to reduce the symptoms.

Further to years of research, Raymond Perrin, Osteopath, established a link between poor lymphatic  drainage and CFS. Indeed recent investigations has led to a probable cause of the nervous system being overloaded resulting in an built up of toxins in the fluid around the brain and the spinal cord.

The osteopathic treatments therefore focus on  increasing the potential of the lympathic drainage throughout the whole body. They manually stimulates the fluid motion around the brain and spinal cord. Massage of the soft tissues in the head, neck, back and chest direct all the toxins out of the lympathic system and into the blood – where they are eventually detoxified in the liver.  Free of toxins, the nervous system begins to function more normally. Providing the patients do not overstrain themselves, their symptoms should gradually improve. Some patients becomes symptoms free.

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However such changes do not happen overnight. Treatment plan includes weekly treatments for the 6 months before gradually spacing the appointments out over a year.

Special prices / packages apply to CFS patients – including home visits. Please contact us for further details.

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