Friday, September 25, 2009

Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME and Gluten Intolerance

My last post on Chronic Fatigue caused some nomenclature discussion to arise that I want to clear up.

The topic of the blog was chronic fatigue and how it can be affected by a gluten sensitivity. It was not meant to include a complex known as chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” is used in the US while the term "Myalgic Encephalomyelopathy" (ME) is used predominantly outside the US.

CFS/ME is a chronic, inflammatory disease primarily affecting the nervous system. It is multisystemic, affecting the central nervous system, immune system cardiovascular system, endocrine system and musculoskeletal system. The disease process can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including changes in sensation, vision, muscle weakness, coordination and speech difficulties, severe fatigue, cognitive impairment, problems with balance, and severe pain. ME will cause some degree of impaired mobility and disability in all cases. The degree of impairment depends upon the amount of brain injury and end organ involvement.

Needless to say this is a very serious debilitating condition and not the one I was referring to in my previous blog. At this writing I have not had any experience with CFS/ME but will pass along any positive treatment options as I come across them.

To your good health,

Dr Vikki Petersen
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Co-author of "The Gluten Effect"

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