Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Providence, RI
Although the symptoms surrounding chronic fatigue syndrome are numerous, there are effective methods to relieve your symptoms, including breathing exercises, exercise and acupuncture. If you or someone you love suffers from this debilitating disorder, continue reading.
The Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The chief complaint of this disorder is fatigue; however, there are numerous other symptoms that are often associated with this disorder, including:
* Loss of memory- This can include short-term memories and long-term memories.
* Concentration problems- This often results in relationship troubles or job and education performance issues.
* A sore throat that is not caused by an illness.
* Enlarged lymph nodes under the underarms and in the neck that is not caused by infection.
* Unexplained muscle pain often not relieved by pain medications.
* Pain in the joints that moves locations not accompanied with swelling or redness.
* Unexplained headaches are different than other normal headaches. It can be a new pattern type or different severity than normal.
* Unrefreshing sleep that is not relieved with sleep.
The Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Researchers do not know the exact cause of chronic fatigue, but think the following factors may increase the risk of developing chronic fatigue:
* Genetics- Some researchers think that genetics can increase the risk of developing this disorder. Research is still ongoing to try to determine a link.
* Viral infections- Oftentimes chronic fatigue occurs after a viral infection. Researchers are looking into the following viruses; however, no link has been found thus far.
– Epstein-Barr virus
– Mouse leukemia virus
– Human herpes 6
* Immunity problems- The immune system of chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers are often compromised; however, it is unclear if this is a symptom of the disorder or a probable cause.
* Hormonal Imbalances- Abnormal hormone imbalances are often found in chronic fatigue syndrome patients. Blood tests often confirm and imbalance in the hormones of the pituitary glands, adrenal glands and hypothalamus.
* Age- The average of diagnosis of chronic fatigue is between 40 and 60 years of age; however, it can occur at any time.
* Sex- Most often this disorder is diagnosed in women; however, researchers are unsure if it is because women are more likely than men to talk to their doctor about their symptoms.
* Stress- Stressed out individuals are at an increased risk of developing chronic fatigue.
After Diagnosis, Now What?
There are many different ways to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, including medications, physical therapy, psychological therapy and acupuncture. Each treatment option offers its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
– Medications used to treat chronic fatigue include antidepressants and sleeping pills. Depression and sleep disorders often plague chronic fatigue sufferers. In addition to treating depression, antidepressants may help relieve the sufferer’s pain and improve their quality of sleep.
Finally, sleep pills coupled with home measures such as limiting caffeine can improve sleep which can help relieve.
– Physical therapy that includes gentle massage, range of motion exercises and stretching can help improve the symptoms of this disorder. Believe it or not, exercise actually improves fatigue levels.
– Psychological therapy is often needed because of the depression many people experience. Talking to a trained professional can help the patient better understand how this disorder affects all aspects of their life.
– Acupuncture has been shown to relieve the numerous symptoms associated with chronic fatigue. Since the early 2000s, the effectiveness of acupuncture in chronic fatigue has been studied. Although acupuncture cannot cure chronic fatigue, it may help relieve symptoms and restore the patient’s quality of life.
Numerous studies have proven that acupuncture can help improve both mental and physical fatigue. Additionally, acupuncture can help detoxify the body and regulate circadian rhythms, which can lead to an improvement of the patient’s health.
Chronic fatigue syndrome affects thousands of people each year. Research into effective treatment options are still ongoing; however, the treatment choices listed above can help the patient overcome the overwhelming fatigue and other symptoms surrounding this devastating disorder.
Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Lung & Sinus Problems
When I first came to the Center for Preventive Medicine, I had basically given up on ever again having anything like normal life. I had been made incredibly ill by a toxic mold exposure that left me with chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, lung problems and sinus problems. In addition, I had system wide inflammation and was at least 70 lbs. overweight.
Before the exposure, I had yearly medical exams. After the exposure, I lost could of all the specialists and other doctors that I had to see. Before the exposure, I was able to 3-5 miles per day and after the exposure, just slowly walking a few blocks left me exhausted, panting and feverish. I was constantly confused, had memory problems, had unexplained high fevers, and had headaches day and night as well as digestive problems. Because I had been over prescribed steroid inhalers and had to repeatedly go to the Emergency Room because of my inability to breathe and being given prednisone each time, my adrenal glands came close to failing. Upon moving into a house where it was mold free and safe to live, I broke a bone in the left foot just while walking because the steroids had so thinned my bones. This all prompted isolation because of an inability to drive for 6 weeks. All of my friends were in Boston and I had moved to Pawtucket. I was a complete mess.
I was no stranger to emotional issues as well. I had lost 6 relatives and 6 close friends to cancer in a 3 year period which overlapped with my mold exposure, leaving me traumatized and fearful. Last year, my only brother died suddenly, pushing me further out of the loop of normalcy. After the dot com bust, I lost my well paying computer job – and because of my illness, I did down in rank within the music business (I am a professional classic violinist) because I was too ill to fight. Gradually, I lost work altogether.
I lost faith that I could ever function in the work world normally. I took courses just to test myself and pushed constantly to make improvements and to try to rejoin the work world which had always defined me. Still, I was extremely depressed and anxious.
At the start of treatment, I felt a profound sense of calm envelope me – something I had not experienced in years. I was able to sleep and feel more and more refreshed. It was gradual, but eventually most of the energy returned. My weight is still too high, but since I had been sick for so long, I can’t imagine that total healing can be instantaneous. I am still in treatment and just taking a step at a time.
The herbs have been very helpful. I came into this experience having had preventive treatments with a Chinese herbalist in Boston’s Chinatown, but I never imagined how powerful a tool acupuncture and the herbs could be in recovering from such devastation as I had experienced.
I only came to acupuncture because the next drugs I was to be experimentally treated with by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker of Pokemoke, MD had been put on a black box warning list, thus ending my treatment for toxic mold exposure with him. I was at a total loss as what to do. I expected nothing and got so much.
Now I am able to exercise moderately and I have a high stress job in Massachusetts where I leave the house at 6am and return at 6pm. Thank you Dr. Tad and Kasia and everyone on the staff!!
— Jessica S., Pawtucket, RI