Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms are common among fibromyalgia patients. This is because chronic fatigue syndrome or immune deficiency (CFS/ME/SEID or CFIDS) is often an accompanying condition to fibromyalgia.
Millions of fibro people today are living with chronic fatigue immune deficiency symptoms and yet many still have not been properly diagnosed as having both fibromyalgia and CFS/ME. Part of this stems from the fact that it's not picked up in conventional testing. Also, the CFS symptoms mimic fibromyalgia in many ways.
Doctors can rule out other conditions and then diagnose CFS/ME through various tests that will also include detection of viral activity in the body such as Epstein Barr virus.
However, it can be helpful to also test for co-infections in the blood such as mycoplasma and anaplasma (we sometimes call them the cousins to Lyme disease) that can be instigators to developing CFS/ME symptoms and do often co-exist alongside this condition. These blood infections are different than a virus that causes the flu and this is important to understand when it comes to secondary symptoms.
Epstein Barr does not cause fevers like an actual flu virus can. In fact, many people with FMS have slightly lower than normal body temperatures. Epstein Barr, anaplasma and mycoplasma have all been implicated in both FMS and CFS/ME. (integrative doctors can check for these with blood testing)
By the way, the Institute of Medicine recently proposed a new name for CFS. However, I personally think this does not accurately depict the underlying source of the illness which is essentially the immune system. Fatigue happens to be just one issue that occurs in CFS due to a faulty mitochondria, which we explain later in this article.
At any rate, the new name proposed for CFS/ME is Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease. We will continue to call it by either for clarity and until further notice. The most important issue comes in treating the various symptoms that can play havoc with an already vulnerable fibro body.
There are currently no drugs available to treat CFS/ME. And again, from my own experience from attending various holistic treatments (including intensive IV therapy) I do believe the best course of treatment involves addressing the vulnerable immune system and creating an overall stronger foundation. CFS/ME is complex and there is no single treatment that has been shown to be effective in most cases.
CFS/ME can be complex and as stated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), full remission is rare with
only about 5-10% of patients able to achieve total remission. Just like with fibromyalgia flares, those of us with CFS will also cycle into chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms due to stress,
weather, trauma, surgery or lowered immune resistance.
As I've stated before, I personally attended three months of holistic intensive IV therapy in 2005 for CFS/ME and it did not eradicate the virus or co-infections anaplasma or mycoplasma that I have lived with. So yes, that is why I say, let's work to do this in the most cost effective way possible!!
It is also imperative to treat the immune system effectively on a regular basis. Read more here about how we work to improve immune status.
Learn more here about Candidiasis and fungal infections related to Chronic Fatigue. You see, your symptoms could also be related to Candidiasis. This type of fungal infection can affect every system of the body, but especially the GI tract, brain and immune status. Candida and Fibromyalgia.
of the protocols here on this website
address both fibromyalgia symptoms and CFS symptoms. The better we are at supporting our immune
health, the less severity in symptoms we will endure. If you have Epstein Barr
or any other virus, you know how it feels when your body is constantly ‘fighting’.
Any auto immune illness is much the same. This ongoing battle easily depletes
the body and energy reserves.
For increasing immune status, be sure you are getting a few of the essentials like glutathione, selenium and zinc. Check our Supplement page for the best additive free multi vitamin as a good place to start.
For nutrition protocol, we use the “Body Ecology Diet” to sustain a stronger foundation and help to eliminate perpetuating factors in our diet such as sugars, excess grains, yeast and additives. (This book is available on the Books/Resources page here on the website. See the Nav Column on the left side of this page)
For exercise guidelines, I have included an important additional article on working out
with CFS and ways to avoid post exercise malaise and stay consistent. As a trainer living and working with Fibro and the primary co-conditions, I have gotten creative over the years in creating and modifying exercises and routines that are appropriate for CFS/ME and Fibro.
Exercise protocol for CFS/ME
For supplementation, we have articles here in the site devoted to the importance of addressing the faulty mitochondria in CFS/ME and the need for a quality form of CoQ10 Ubiquinol with Pqq. Swanson Enhanced Enhanced Pqq with Ubiquinol is cost effective and recommended.
I also recommend taking PQQ to reduce the effects of oxidative stress.
Remember that we utilize a few different companies for supplements. We believe in cost-effectiveness and quality and not every company makes the best of every supplement.
This need for ubiquinol has been well established and verified. If you are interested, you can read the scientific basis of the critically of CoQ10 Ubiquinol for CFS by clicking on this link Fibromyalgia-Research. Just close the article when finished to return to this page.
As the research article pointed out, it is especially critical to overcome oxidative stress for a CFS victim in order to successfully engage in a low impact exercise program to prevent total deconditioning. If our body cannot make something essential, or we
cannot get it from food, then that will make it a critical priority in our supplement regimen.
As always, we work to prioritize and only take the necessary supplements. This
is more cost effective as well.
As we stated above, CFS/ME can be challenging to treat and live with, however the principles we ascribe to here and throughout the website have been helpful to attaining a stronger immune status and decreasing overall intensity of symptoms.
As a fellow fibro person for almost four decades, and a trainer specializing in fibro and co-conditions, you might also follow me on the fitness page. Fibro Fit People.