Chronic Fatigue Syndrome -98Alive
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Personal Story
“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care”. — Mandy Hale
Did you know as many as 180,000 Australians are directly affected by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?
What is ME/CFS?
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a severe, complex, acquired illness with numerous symptoms related mainly to the dysfunction of the brain, gastro-intestinal,immune, endocrine and cardiac systems. ME has been classified as a neurological disorder in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases since 1969.
Symptoms of ME/CFS
Symptoms include overwhelming post-exertional fatigue from mental or physical activity; dysfunctional sleep; pain; problems with memory; sensitivity to light, touch and sound; problems with standing and balance; problems with body temperature and weight; and recurrent flu-like symptoms; that persist for at least six months in adults; or three months in children.
What causes ME/CFS?
The cause of ME/CFS is a topic of much research and debate. Multiple factors may be simultaneously involved. ME/CFS can follow acute infection, such as glandular fever, and upper respiratory infections; a flu-like illness; exposure to chemicals, environmental pollutants or heavy metals; immunization; and severe physical trauma such as major surgery or a serious accident. Recent research is finding strong links with food malabsorption, food intolerance and gut dysbiosis.
ME/CFS frequently appears with other medical conditions, the most common being Fibromyalgia,a name given to a group of symptoms marked by generalised pain and muscle stiffness felt in any area of the body; and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, a name given to those whose low-level exposure to everyday chemicals (like perfumes and deodorants, cigarette smoke, car exhaust) cause headaches or trigger asthma. These conditions contribute to the deterioration of the quality of life for people with ME/CFS, and contribute to severity of ME/CFS symptoms.
Who gets ME/CFS?
ME/CFS affects men, women and children of all ages, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. The prevalence of ME/CFS is also a contentious topic. In the year 2002, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) attributed the prevalence of ME/CFS between 0.2% and 0.7% of the Australian population (RACP, 2002) which is over 180,000 people.
International studies conducted in recent years have put the prevalence of ME/CFS between 0.4% to 2.6% of the population; however, varying definitions and classifications of ME/CFS have impacted on reporting and diagnosis of the condition. As awareness about ME/CFS among researchers, patients and health practitioners increases, prevalence statistics are also likely to be affected.
Mal’s condition improved because someone cared and shared information about 98alive™. Because Mal cared enough to share this personal story, perhaps someone else who is suffering from ME/CFS will also learn about 98alive™ and experience a ‘WIN’ in the battle for Wellness – all because someone cared.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Mal Tarrant – My Personal ‘Victory for Wellness’ Story
I have had the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue for years. I was finally diagnosed by a Chronic Fatigue specialist 3 years ago. I also have had chronic lower back pain for many years. I have been taking Krill oil and anti-inflammatory tablets for years now. Three months ago I started taking 98alive™.
I no longer take the Krill oil and I have now stopped taking the anti-inflammatory tablets and I cannot believe how well I feel.
I have also just come back from Glasgow as I was in charge of the Norfolk Island team. This was a big job and very tiring. I found I coped very well and put this down to the 98alive™.
I did take 2 capsules (per day) over this time. I would definitely recommend 98alive.
Mal Tarrant – September 2014