Category Archives: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Can Thyroid Disease Cause Chronic Pain?

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Living with chronic pain is a frustrating and sometimes debilitating experience. Sadly, many suffer from chronic pain without knowing why. Part of issue is that there are usually many factors involved. One contributing element that is frequently overlooked is thyroid disease. Thyroid dysfunction can prolong the duration and intensify pain and lingering discomforts. Therefore, understanding the influence of the thyroid and recognizing the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment is vital to resolving chronic pain. The Thyroid Connection to Chronic Pain The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. This important part of the endocrine system interacts with nearly every cell in the body through the use of hormones. Limited thyroid function, also known as hypothyroidism, can cause musculoskeletal pain that is easily misidentified as chronic disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It is becoming increasing clear, as research is continuing to be done, that […]

Everything You Need to Know About NAD IV Therapy

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Most recognize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle that includes elements such as following a well-balanced diet, engaging in regular exercise, and getting quality sleep. Experts agree that these factors are critical for achieving long term wellness. However, recent research suggests that proper supplementation may also play an important role in long-term well-being. Studies show that supplementing with the natural coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) may provide impressive health benefits that support longevity and lasting wellness. Read on to learn about NAD and how to best supplement with it.  The Important and Impressive Influence of NAD NAD is a naturally occurring coenzyme present in every cell of the human body. This essential substance is involved in numerous chemical reactions that influence a variety of systems.  Although NAD fulfills many different functions, perhaps its most notable are protecting DNA, enabling cellular rejuvenation, and regulating the body’s circadian rhythms. Each of […]

What is NAD+ and How Can I Benefit from NAD IV Therapy?

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As we age, our bodies begin to slow down physically and mentally. Although there are several factors involved in this decline, recent research suggests that diminishing values of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) may contribute greatly to common symptoms of aging. Fortunately, studies suggest that by supplementing with NAD you may be able to slow the onset of or reverse various age-related issues. Read on to learn more about this impressive substance, the issues it addresses, and the most effective method of supplementation. The Important and Varied Functions of NAD Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or simply NAD, is a naturally occurring coenzyme of vitamin B3 found in every cell in the body. The primary role of NAD is maintaining DNA integrity and reversing cell damage. However, it also has several other functions. NAD is involved in numerous processes that are essential for maintaining a wide array of bodily functions. For example, NAD […]

How Fibromyalgia and CFS Make Getting Out of Bed Difficult (Dysania)

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Originally Posted July 2016Updated June 2019 Sleep abnormalities are one of the defining features of both chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). One of these sleep-related issues is referred to as “morning fog” or a “sleep hangover.” This period of time in the morning can last for up to 1-2 hours after waking, during which individuals report experiencing fatigue, achiness, and mental fogginess. Many times, they are unable to get out of bed. The scientific term for these symptoms is dysania or clinomania which comes from the latin word “clin” meaning bed and “mania” meaning madness. In those with CFS or FM, it can occur in any stage of the illness. Dysania can be very discouraging, frustrating, and even guilt-producing since these patients often feel such a strong desire to stay in bed that they may do so even when it means foregoing responsibilities. While dysania may be experienced […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia: One Diagnosis or Two?

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Originally Posted April 2017Updated June 2019 One of the primary difficulties of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia is locating and resolving each of the numerous malfunctions associated with them. Every case is unique and has its own challenges. Treatment of both conditions require an individualized multi-system approach that is structured around each patients’ specific needs. Without better understanding of the causes, symptoms and treatments for CFS and fibromyalgia the likelihood of resolving them can be slim. A Debilitating Duo Many aspects are shared between CFS and fibromyalgia. This is likely because the systems most impacted by these conditions are highly integrated with one another. CFS is caused primarily by pituitary malfunction that has a significant impact on hormone regulation. Widespread hormone disruption can cause a multitude of problems throughout the body. Similarly, fibromyalgia is instigated by dysfunction in the hypothalamus, which influences the nervous system and plays a critical role […]

Can Growth Hormone Treatment Help Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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Due to this deficiency fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients are unable to build up a normal growth hormone response to exercise as compared to healthy individuals. Unfortunately, most tests lack the sensitivity and accuracy to diagnose this deficiency or they are expensive, and carry significant risk to the patient. Fibromyalgia is primarily caused by a dysfunction of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus which results in low growth hormone secretion. Therefore, studies found that daily GH therapy treatment significantly improved symptoms associated with FM, increasing a sense of well-being and a person’s ability to sustain physical activity without muscle pain. Growth Hormone (GH) or Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction and cell regeneration. 80 percent of our GH is secreted during the stage 4 or REM sleep cycle. Since fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients suffer from abnormal sleep patterns these conditions create a […]

Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Summit: An Interview with Dr. Kent Holtorf

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Dr. Kent Holtorf was interviewed by Dr. Laara Van Bryce for the Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Summit where he discussed his own battle with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and how he uses that experience to treat patients, as well as train other doctors to do the same! Watch the full interview here: For more information on chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, read this.

One Man’s Journey With Gulf War Syndrome

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Few know about Gulf War Syndrome – a chronic, multi-symptom condition similar chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia that seems to affect veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War – and even fewer know how to treat it. Watch as a retired Major from the United States Airforce explains his battle with Gulf War Syndrome. Video Transcript I’m a retired Major from the United States Airforce. I’ve had Gulf War Illness for about 20 years, unbeknownst to me until about 5 years ago. The VA told me to leave my family and friends and my CPA practice in Colorado Springs, CO and to move home and be with family and friends. To me that was a death warrant. I became pretty desperate at that time especially after going to the War-Related Injury and Illness Center in Palo Alto and being confirmed – chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, IBS, muscle spasms, spondylosis, stenosis – […]

The Role of Infections in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Over the years, research has expanded our understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and it is now recognized as a multi-system illness involving neurological, immunological, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and cardiovascular components. CFS is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Recently however, the Institute of Medicine suggested an alternative term – “systemic exertion intolerance disease” – to better reflect the defining feature of the condition, which is the fatigue itself (particularly after activity). When it comes to the cause (or causes) of CFS, it has been proposed that various types of infections can either trigger or contribute to the disease in some way. Some of the most common infections seen in CFS patients and being investigated by researchers include viruses like Epstein-Barr, Human Herpes Virus-6, and cytomegalovirus, and also bacteria such as mycoplasma, Chlamydia pneumoniae and Borrelia burgdorferi. Cause or Effect? Even though it is widely recognized that underlying infections play a […]

The Differences (and Similarities) of Mito and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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A prominent problem of these conditions is that they are complex, difficult to diagnose, and are not widely tested for or recognized by most physicians. This is disappointing because, among all age groups, an estimated 1:8500 people worldwide have some degree of mitochondrial disorder. Greater occurrence of Mito may also contribute to the increasing prevalence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Without a widespread familiarity of each condition and a better understanding of how to go about resolving them the likelihood of reducing their incidence is low. A Brief Look at Mito Mitochondria produce about 90% of the body’s energy. These small factories are contained within one’s cells and convert oxygen and nutrients into usable energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This is the most widely utilized form of energy in the body and allows for proper function. Poor energy production at a cellular level causes the entire body […]

Celebrating National Physical Health Month When You Have Exercise Intolerance

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Many medical professionals still posit that patients, even if they are showing signs of CFS and FM, are simply deconditioned or not physically fit. However, for individuals suffering from these conditions that may not be the case. The concept of exercise intolerance may sound like an excuse to avoid the gym, but individuals who experience it, particularly those with CFS or FM, can attest that it is debilitating, painful, and incredibly frustrating. Imagine starting out on a jog and not even five minutes in you begin feeling painfully short of breath (dyspnea) and dizzy to the point that all you can do is lay down. Fast forward a few days, and you still feel exhausted, full of pain, and unable to think clearly. Your fatigue is so great that even getting out of bed seems like an impossible challenge. This kind of scenario is not uncommon among those suffering from […]

Is Mitochondrial Disease (Mito) the Cause of Your Health Issues?

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Although they are best known for their impact on energy levels, mitochondria influence numerous bodily functions. Therefore, mitochondrial malfunction can lead to a broad gamut of disorders. For example, those with chronic conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Parkinson’s may have developed them because of dysfunctional mitochondria. Understanding the role of mitochondria in one’s health, its link to serious conditions, and ways to protect and improve mitochondrial function can help keep one’s health at its best. Introduction to Mitochondria Mitochondria are located within cells and are the primary producer of energy for the body. Nearly 90% of the body’s energy is produced by mitochondria through converting food and oxygen into ATP. This form of energy is usable by the body and fuels the multitude of functions that occur throughout. During the process of creating ATP, mitochondria also manufacture byproducts known as free radicals. These structures […]