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Chronic fatigue syndrom and chronic sinusitis are related
Claudio Acuña Views: 5,241
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Chronic fatigue syndrom and chronic sinusitis are related

Chronic Fatigue Syndrom Information: Cardiac dysfunction resulting in
CFS due to EBV and/or CMV infection Review by Kent Holtorf, M.D.,
Medical Director Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers There are a number
of studies indicating that an Epstein-Barr (EBV) and/or
cytomegalovirus infection of the heart muscle can decreases the
heart's ability to pump and may be the cause of Chronic-Fatigue-Syndrome in a number of
patients. A rapid resting heart rate can be a sign that this is a
problem. Studies also indicate that when the EBV and CMV infections
are eradicated, there is significant or complete resolution of the
symptoms of CFS. I have found many CFS/FM patients to be infected
with active EBV and/or CMV infections, especially those with rapid
heart rates. When these infections are eradicated, the patient can
have tremendous improvement and his or her heart rate declines. Many
patients are told that they do have these infections but that they
are not treatable. These are, however, very treatable infections. The
studies below used rather toxic medications to eradicate the CMV
infection, but this can usually be done with less toxic methods. It
is important to note that just treating EBV, without treating the CMV
co-infection, does not result in improvement. Diagnosing Chronic
Fatigue? Check For Sinusitis A new study published in the August 11
issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrates a possible
link between unexplained chronic fatigue and sinusitis, two
conditions previously not associated with each other. Also newly
noted was a relationship between sinusitis and unexplained body pain.
These findings offer new hope to patients lacking a diagnosis and
treatment for fatigue and pain. Every FMS/CFS patient should know
both their NKC number and activity. I have found that over half of
chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia patients have low natural killer
cell numbers or activity. The function of the natural killer cells
(NKC) is to kill viruses, intracellular bacteria and cancer. They
roam throughout the body in search of infected or cancerous cells to
destroy. If the natural killer cells are low in number (NKC number)
or poorly functioning (NKC activity), there is a diminished ability
to kill cancer cells in the body, resulting in an increased risk for
all types of cancer. Every fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patient
should know both their NKC number and activity. There are a number of
specific treatments that can be done to dramatically improve natural
killer cell number and activity, with resultant increased ability to
rid the body of the infectious components and to reverse the
increased risk for cancer. Fibromyalgia joins ranks of those
conditions that are managed by telephone case managers The doctor
gets a checkup Firms aim to cut medical costs by `managing' diseases
From US NEWS - online edition By Kim Clark `My doctor told you what?"
Jean Faber of Verndale, Minn., was angry and suspicious when a
stranger called two years ago offering advice about her bad back. The
43-year-old human resources consultant hung up immediately and
checked with her insurer. Sure enough, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Minnesota had hired a company to provide free advice to members with
bad backs, heart disease, and a host of other conditions. January 13,
2004 Possible Relief For Fibromyalgia Sufferers LOS ANGELES (CBS
News) Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects an estimated
10 million Americans. And many more could have it since the disease
is difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to treat. But a new
study is finally giving sufferers some relief. As an emergency
medical technician, Deborah knew something was not right with her
body. "I felt like I was a 30-year-old woman in an 80-year-old body."
Her body ached everywhere, and even though she saw doctor after
doctor and had test after test, she went nearly a decade without a
diagnosis. "Ugh, you have no idea. Just the frustration of being
bounced back and forth from doctor to doctor. Um, it was
unbelievable." That's when Dr. Barry Cutler, a neurologist told her
she was suffering from fibromyalgia -- a common and mysterious
condition. Dr. Cutler: "Unfortunately we don't know exactly what
causes it. It has always been a curious entity to the medical world."
But now doctors are beginning to unravel parts of that mystery. Most
experts now think the cause of fibromyalgia isn't in the muscles, or
the joints of the body, but rather in the brain. "We have found out
that in patients with fibromyalgia, norepinephrine and serotonin are
reduced in these patients," Dr. Cutler said. And that reduction -- in
theory -- makes the body more sensitive to pain. That's why Dr.
Cutler is investigating a drug that raises the levels of both
neurotransmitters, hoping it can help those with the disease.
Cutler: "We are studying a medication that inhibits the reuptake of
those chemicals, so the brain has more of those chemicals." Now on
the medication, Deborah feels her decade of pain is far behind
her. "It's made a tremendous effect. Now I feel human." The
medication is still in clinical trials and it is not know when or if
It will be made available to the public. The presumption is, if the
medication works it will probably have to be taken for a long time,
perhaps even life.


Claudio Acuña


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