Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, causes extreme fatigue. This fatigue is not the ordinary feeling of being exhausted. For people who suffer with chronic fatigue syndrome, this feeling does not go away even with extended periods of rest, and places limitations on daily activities. CFS is a difficult diagnosis to make. There is no specific test for it, and other illness can mimic CFS symptoms.
Since the cause of CFS is so elusive, treatment options can be a shot in the dark as well. Oftentimes, medications are recommended to deal with the side effects from dealing with chronic fatigue. Antidepressants and sleeping pills are one such measure. People may also try to manage CFS using nutrition. Consuming a diet rich in unprocessed and organic foods can help increase energy levels and overall wellbeing. For people coping with CFS, avoiding processed, refined carbohydrates such as sodas, white breads and cookies may give the immune system the extra support it needs. Sugar can be an immunosuppressant, increasing inflammation and yeast overgrowth.
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Another important piece to the CFS puzzle is nervous system function. Since the nervous system governs the function of the immune and endocrine systems, ensuring optimal nervous system function is critical. Dr. Scott Pancake focuses on an area of the nervous system that can have a huge impact on the overall health and wellbeing of the body, the brain stem. When one of the uppermost vertebrae in the spine move out of normal alignment, an obstruction is created in the communication of messages between the brain and the body. Once this misalignment is corrected, normal bodily function is allowed to return. Upper cervical chiropractic may be the missing link in addressing the root cause of chronic fatigue syndrome and helping people get back to living a normal life.
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