Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterised by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and can’t be fully explained by any underlying medical conditions.

Chronic fatigue can worsen with physical or mental activity or strain but doesn’t improve with rest. It’s a condition characterised by profound fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, pain, and other symptoms which are made worse by exertion.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is more common in women than men and the cause of this condition is unknown, although it may include environmental and/or genetic factors. The main symptom is chronic fatigue that lasts for over six months without any improvement from either rest or treatment.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in New Zealand

Chronic fatigue syndrome affects approximately 16,000 to 25,000 people in New Zealand, and women are more prone than men to get this illness.

CFS is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVS), and in more recent times referred to as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).

The syndrome is also known as Tapanui flu in New Zealand, after an Otago settlement where a number of people suffered from the condition in the early 1980s.

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Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

The fatigue that patients experience with CFS is different to the tiredness that people who are well might experience after hard work or exercise. Severity and length of post exertional malaise varies with each patient but is longer and more draining in nature than those who aren’t sufferers of this condition.

CFS can become disabling and debilitating.

The fatigue caused by CFS tends to be severe and does not usually improve with rest. The severity of the condition can vary considerably from day to day, or even during the same day.

Symptoms of the Condition Include:

  • Unrelenting, disabling fatigue
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Sleep disturbance
  • A sore throat
  • Tender, painful and perhaps swollen lymph nodes, similar experience to glandular fever
  • Headaches (differing in severity from what the patient might ordinarily experience)
  • Muscle and joint pain, or either one (with no swelling or redness)
  • Issues with concentration or poor memory
  • Waking from sleep unrefreshed
  • Depression
  • Feeling particularly tired for more than 24 hours after any physical or mental effort.

Symptoms of the Condition Include:

  • Unrelenting, disabling fatigue
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Sleep disturbance
  • A sore throat
  • Tender, painful and perhaps swollen lymph nodes, similar experience to glandular fever.
  • Headaches (differing in severity from what the patient might ordinarily experience)
  • Muscle and joint pain, or either one (with no swelling or redness)
  • Issues with concentration or poor memory
  • Waking from sleep unrefreshed
  • Depression
  • Feeling particularly tired for more than 24 hours after any physical or mental effort.

I had years of fatigue and a variety of symptoms that my health practitioner could not get to the bottom of. Working with Rosanne and a very different approach made an enormous difference.

A few targeted tests confirmed what Rosanne had suspected and her protocol has worked! I have regained my energy and generally feel so much better. I also feel more in control of my health.

Rosanne is very experienced and knowledgeable and I promote her to anyone who will listen!

Elizabeth Chaney

Fatigue, General Health and Wellbeing

Less common symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Night sweats
  • Increased sensitivity to alcohol or medication
  • Chronic cough
  • Dizzy spells or dry eyes
  • A weaker immune system, or more prone to illness and viral infection.

I went to see Rosanne when my energy levels were very low, I felt fatigued, and had polycystic ovary syndrome. Rosanne addressed these issues in order of importance, within budget and mostly with food and a few core supplements. My energy levels have improved greatly and I have literally seen cysts vanish off my ovaries via a scan after following the treatment plan. I would highly recommend Rosanne.

Lisa

Hormonal health / PCOS