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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How is chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosed?

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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.

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    KathieR

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    There is a program offered by the Alfred Hospital for 8 weeks for chronic fatigue, do you recommend this program for treatment?

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    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

    All programs run from public hospitals in Melbourne have there advantages and disadvantages as most programs do whether they are for CFS, cardiac, etc. Funding, length of program, group sizes and follow up  to name a few can impact on the quality of care. I would suggest speaking to the appropriate practitioners at the programs you are interested in to get a better idea of what suits you and then make a choice based on this.
    Good luck

    www.activehealthclinic.com.au

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    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. 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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