Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the current name for a disorder characterized by debilitating fatigue and several associated physical, constitutional, and neuropsychological complaints .
Patients with CFS are twice as likely to be women as men and are generally 25–45 years old, although cases in childhood and in later life have been described.
(1) it is often postinfectious;
(2) it is associated with mild immunologic disturbances and sedentary behavior during childhood; and
(3) it is commonly accompanied by neuropsychological complaints, somatic preoccupation, and/or depression
Typically, CFS arises suddenly in a previously active individual. An otherwise unremarkable flulike illness or some other acute stress leaves unbearable exhaustion in its wake. Other symptoms, such as headache, sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscle and joint aches, and frequent feverishness, lead to the belief that an infection persists, and medical attention is sought. Over weeks to months, despite reassurances that “nothing serious is wrong,” the symptoms persist and other features of the syndrome become evident—disturbed sleep, difficulty in concentration, and depression.
Most patients remain capable of meeting family, work, or community obligations despite their symptoms; discretionary activities are abandoned first. Some feel unable to engage in any gainful employment. A minority of individuals requires help with the activities of daily living.
Ultimately, isolation, frustration, and pathetic resignation can mark the protracted course of illness. Patients may become angry at physicians for failing to acknowledge or resolve their plight. Fortunately, CFS does not appear to progress. On the contrary, many patients experience gradual improvement, and a minority recover fully.
Tender lymph nodes
Criteria for Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A case of chronic fatigue syndrome is defined by the presence of:
Clinically evaluated, unexplained, persistent or relapsing fatigue that is of new or definite onset; is not the result of ongoing exertion; is not alleviated by rest; and results in substantial reduction of previous levels of occupational, educational, social, or personal activities; and
Four or more of the following symptoms that persist or recur during six or more consecutive months of illness and that do not predate the fatigue:
Self-reported impairment in short-term memory or concentration
Tender cervical or axillary nodes
Multijoint pain without redness or swelling
Headaches of a new pattern or severity
Postexertional malaise lasting
The appropriate homeopathic treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome depends on your constitutional type — your physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate remedy for each individual.
As many people with CFS have depression and other psychological disorders that may improve with the constitutional and holistic individualistic approach of homoeopathic treatment.
Chronic conditions like CFS have multiple causes and thus are very difficult to treat with conventional medicine. As is so true of most conditions, conventional medicine can not offer a cure, only management. Since homeopathy works at the level of the whole vital energy of the person, homeopathic remedies can begin the healing process by restoring the immune system to balance and harmony.