Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) and Fibromyalgia



Many patients across the county have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) and Fibromyalgia.  There is no doubt that these syndromes exist as distinct conditions with a characteristic set of symptoms.  When I evaluate patients with these syndromes, I look for  evidence of  other conditions that have similar  symptoms and if found, treat them to improve the outcome and decrease the disability of patients with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.  Some possible conditions are:  Lyme disease and associated co-infections, Viral infections, Thyroid dysfunction, even when "standard" thyroid tests are interpreted as "normal", Adrenal Stress or Adrenal Insufficiency, Andropause or Testosterone deficiency in men, Menopause or estrogen, progesterone and testosterone deficiency in women (Many younger men and women have hormone deficiencies despite being "too young" for menopause/andropause) Heavy metal toxicity/exposure and multiple chemical sensitivity.  Since so many problems have  chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia symptoms, it makes sense to try to treat these conditions if present. I am sure there are other causes of these syndromes that have not been discovered yet, which is why ongoing research is so important. If you have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia and want to find out if this diagnosis hides other treatable conditions, click "contact us" button on menu above to email me or call my office for an appointment.