Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic

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BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Chronic fatiguing illnesses, including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), pose a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Previous clinical reports addressed the utilization of health care provided to patients with CFS by a variety of practitioners with other than allopathic training, but did not examine the spectrum of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies used. This study was designed to measure CAM therapy use by persons with fatiguing illnesses in the United States population.

Author(s): 
Jones, James F.
Maloney, Elizabeth M.
Boneva, Roumiana S.
Jones, Ann-Britt
Reeves, William C.
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Pain Research & Management: The Journal of the Canadian Pain Society = Journal De La Société Canadienne Pour Le Traitement De La Douleur

BACKGROUND: Conditions with chronic, non-life-threatening pain and fatigue remain a challenge to treat, and are associated with high health care use. Understanding psychological and psychosocial contributing and coping factors, and working with patients to modify them, is one goal of management. An individual's spirituality and/or religion may be one such factor that can influence the experience of chronic pain or fatigue. METHODS: The Canadian Community Health Survey (2002) obtained data from 37,000 individuals 15 years of age or older.

Author(s): 
Baetz, M.
Bowen, R.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development

To evaluate the potential effects of medications with central nervous system (CNS) activity on cognitive function and fatigue in multiple sclerosis (MS), we performed a retrospective analysis of medication use among 70 subjects with MS who were participating in a clinical trial for evaluation of the effects of yoga and exercise programs on cognition and fatigue. Among these MS subjects, 74% were taking at least one potentially CNS-active medication.

Author(s): 
Oken, Barry S.
Flegal, Kristin
Zajdel, Daniel
Kishiyama, Shirley S.
Lovera, Jesus
Bagert, Bridget
Bourdette, Dennis N.
Publication Title: 
Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Previous studies have identified stress system dysregulation in fibromyalgia (FM) patients; such dysregulation may be involved in the generation and/or maintenance of pain and other symptoms. Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) is the principal known central nervous system mediator of the stress response; however, to date no studies have examined cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) CRF levels in patients with FM. The relationship between CSF CRF level, heart rate variability (HRV), and pain, fatigue, and depressive symptoms was examined in patients with FM.

Author(s): 
McLean, Samuel A.
Williams, David A.
Stein, Phyllis K.
Harris, Richard E.
Lyden, Angela K.
Whalen, Gail
Park, Karen M.
Liberzon, Israel
Sen, Ananda
Gracely, Richard H.
Baraniuk, James N.
Clauw, Daniel J.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by debilitating fatigue, often accompanied by widespread muscle pain that meets criteria for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Symptoms become markedly worse after exercise. Previous studies implicated dysregulation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), and immune system (IS) in CFS and FMS.

Author(s): 
Light, Alan R.
White, Andrea T.
Hughen, Ronald W.
Light, Kathleen C.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this report are to review the clinical practice of Structural Integration (SI), an alternative method of soft-tissue manipulation and sensorimotor education, and to summarize the evidence to date for mechanism and clinical efficacy. METHODS: The author's personal knowledge of SI literature, theory, and practice was supplemented by a database search, consultation with other senior SI practitioners, and examination of published bibliographies and websites that archive SI literature.

Author(s): 
Jacobson, Eric
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Chronic fatiguing illnesses, including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), pose a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Previous clinical reports addressed the utilization of health care provided to patients with CFS by a variety of practitioners with other than allopathic training, but did not examine the spectrum of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies used. This study was designed to measure CAM therapy use by persons with fatiguing illnesses in the United States population.

Author(s): 
Jones, James F.
Maloney, Elizabeth M.
Boneva, Roumiana S.
Jones, Ann-Britt
Reeves, William C.
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Zhongguo Zhen Jiu = Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion

OBJECTIVE: To search for an effective therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). METHODS: Eighty-five cases of CFS were treated with massage and pressing of Back-shu points, combined with pressing acupoints on the head. The therapeutic effect was observed. RESULTS: After treatment of 3 courses, 26 cases were markedly effective, 52 cases were effective, and 7 cases were ineffective, with a total effective rate of 91.8% and a markedly effective rate of 30.6%. CONCLUSION: Pressing acupoints and massage can effectively improve clinical symptoms of the patient with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Author(s): 
Yao, Fei
Ji, Qing
Zhao, Yi
Feng, Ji-Lai
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Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine = Chung I Tsa Chih Ying Wen Pan / Sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of the intelligent-turtle massage on the physical symptoms and immune functions in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). METHODS: 182 cases of CFS were randomly divided into an experimental group of 91 cases treated by the intelligent-turtle massage, and a control group of 91 cases treated with the conventional massage method. After 2 courses of treatment, the therapeutic effects were statistically analyzed with the accumulated score for the improved clinical symptoms; and the changes of IgA, IgM and IgG were compared in 96 cases.

Author(s): 
Wang, Ji-hong
Chai, Tie-qu
Lin, Guo-hua
Luo, Lin
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Throughout the world, patients with chronic diseases/illnesses use complementary and alternative medicines (CAM). The use of CAM is also substantial among patients with diseases/illnesses of unknown aetiology. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also termed myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is no exception. Hence, a systematic review of randomised controlled trials of CAM treatments in patients with CFS/ME was undertaken to summarise the existing evidence from RCTs of CAM treatments in this patient population. METHODS: Seventeen data sources were searched up to 13th August 2011.

Author(s): 
Alraek, Terje
Lee, Myeong Soo
Choi, Tae-Young
Cao, Huijuan
Liu, Jianping

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