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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome?

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    Jon Gamble

    Naturopath

    Jon is author of ‘Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome’ and “Obstacles to Cure: Toxicity, Deficiency & Infection” - two books for CAM practitioners. He specialises … View Profile

    In order for a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) to be made, the patient must have at least three of the following symptoms for several months:

    • Extreme fatigue generally not improved by rest (unrefreshing sleep)
    • Post-exertion malaise
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Muscle weakness
    • Impaired memory and concentration
    • Insomnia
    • Ongoing sore throat and tender lymph nodes
    • Joint pain without inflammation
    • Chronic headaches
    • Dizziness.

  • Nathan Butler

    Exercise Physiologist

    Nathan Butler is an exercise physiologist and founder of the multi-disciplinary Active Health Clinic whom specialise in chronic health especially Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, orthostatic intolerance … View Profile

    There are three internationally recognised criteria for the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which are the Oxford, Fukuda and Canadian Criteria and depending on whom you speak with they will prefer one over the other. Reviewing one of these criteria will list all associated symptoms of CFS. The symptoms mentioned above are part of one of these diagnostic criteria however the most important component is that in all three criteria it is a diagnosis of exclusion and medical testing to exclude other factors including thyroid dysfunction, celiac disease and cancer is essential (these tests should be able to be completed by your GP).

    www.activehealthclinic.com.au

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