Name: Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS)
Most individuals experience fatigue from time to time. However, the fatigue is usually related to overexertion or illness and its duration is short term. Chronic fatigue dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) is characterized by a disabling fatigue that cannot be attributed to any other physical condition and lasts for a minimum of 6 months. It is believed that CFIDS is caused by a complex combination of physiological and psychological factors. The diagnosis is clinically based as there is no definitive laboratory test or diagnostic imaging that can be performed to detect the disorder.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue
Patients affected by CFIDS usually suffer from depression or other psychiatric disorders as well as immune dysfunction. Many patients suffer from recurrent infection, extreme fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, sleep disturbance, swollen glands and lymph nodes, sore throat, headache, inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, and sometimes low grade fever.
Treating Chronic Fatigue or Treatment of Chronic Fatigue
Treatment for CFIDS is largely symptomatic. Some patients may be referred to a rheumatologist for help with muscle and joint pain. Others may see their primary provider for treatment of various infections, or a psychologist for depression as needed. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is commonly used in addition to other therapies to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from chronic fatigue. HBOT improves oxygen delivery to the brain to ease the symptoms of depression and improve mental alertness. Increased oxygen delivery to tissues aids in the treatment and relief of muscle and joint pain which allows our patients to return to a normal activity level and higher quality of life.