Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day falls on 12 May and is aimed at increasing awareness of a debilitating condition which is very challenging to diagnose.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) refers to a complex disorder which causes chronic and persistent fatigue that affects everyday life.
The level of fatigue a person suffers from is not akin to feeling tired due to lack of sleep or overexertion and cannot be relieved by resting. Some of the symptoms a person with CFS experiences are:
CFS can be particularly difficult to diagnose as there are no tests to confirm whether someone has the condition, people do not always physically appear unwell and symptoms are common to other illnesses. This means that excluding other causes as a source of fatigue is essential.
Comparisons with other conditions include:
Unfortunately, CFS remains a poorly understood condition, for which there is no cure. Treatment can include lifestyle changes, alternative medicine such as acupuncture, counselling, physical therapy and a combination of medications. CFS progresses differently in different people, so it is important to work with your doctor to come up with a treatment plan that works for you. Many people benefit from working with a team of healthcare providers, including doctors, therapists, and rehabilitation specialists.
In recent years, it has been reported that there may be a link between the onset of CFS and the administration of certain vaccinations. Many researchers believe that CFS is linked to an autoimmune disease and a number of people have been documented to contract CFS after receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine and the HPV vaccine.
There has been a marked increase in autoimmune disorders and this is said to be linked with the use of adjuvants in vaccines, leading to a diagnosis of autoimmune (auto-inflammatory) syndrome induced by adjuvants or ‘ASIA’. Adjuvants are used to increase the immune reaction to the compound that you are being vaccinated against. This is intended to be helpful by enhancing and potentiating the immune system response to the vaccine, but the results can be harmful if vaccinations are improperly tested.
Researchers have found that five conditions, narcolepsy, siliconosis (a complication from silicone containing implants), Gulf War syndrome, macrophagic myofasciitis syndrome (MMF), and post-vaccination phenomena were linked to previous exposures to an adjuvant found in vaccines. A study carried out in December 2014, cited in the Immunological Research journal concluded that in some cases CFS and fibromyalgia can be temporally related to immunisation as part of the ASIA syndrome.
The three main risk factors cited are:
There are several ways you can participate in and support the spread of CFS awareness:
If you, a member of your family or a friend have concerns about the diagnosis or management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or any other problems following the administration of a vaccine, our specialist teams may be able to assist.