Sometimes Things Are Not What They Seem
Sometimes things are not what they seem. A complete lack of energy. The mysterious aches and pains that seem to wax and wane – or stay. What could it possibly be? What is happening to you?
It seems a lot like depression; however, upon further investigation by appropriate medical personnel, it is discovered to be something much different. The diagnosis: myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), as referenced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 2 million American adults may suffer from the condition annually. The diagnosis is typically made by a specialist such as a neurologist or a sleep specialist. As of right now, there is no cure or approved treatment. So how does one regain their quality of life after being diagnosed with this condition?
Researchers have observed positive outcomes when those with the condition are treated using specific acupuncture treatments. In a 2008 study that was published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it was noted that improvement in feelings of malaise and lethargy were very promising for those afflicted with the disorder.
Another study detailed by the Healthcare Medicine Institute confirms that acupuncture with moxibustion, a form of heat therapy, greatly reduced many of the symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and should be considered as a referral by primary care physicians upon a patient’s diagnosis.
The diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be a lengthy process as there are many other conditions that must be ruled out prior. This is in the best interest of the patient as the wrong diagnosis could only make things worse or remain stagnant for longer periods of time.
To properly diagnose and manage the symptoms of this condition, it is important to work with your primary care physician, a specialist, and a practitioner to ensure the best outcomes possible.
If you have received a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and would like to learn more about how we might be able to help, feel free to contact us.