Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Risk Factors, Management and Impacts on Daily Life


Connor Hudson (Editor)

Series: Neuroscience Research Progress
BISAC: MED057000

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) has no clear aetiology, and is defined as severe and chronic fatigue that has lasted for more than six consecutive months, which is not due to physical exertion or other medical conditions associated with fatigue. CFS patients may suffer from four or more of the following symptoms: post-exertional malaise lasting for more than 24 hours; tender or swollen lymph nodes; recurring sore throat; unrefreshing sleep; significantly impaired short-term memory and/or concentration; headaches; or joint pain. Management practices have included rest, pharmacology, cognitive behavioural therapy and/or exercise therapy. This book discusses the internist’s view on ME and complementary and alternative treatments. It also explores metal hypersensitivity as the cause of CFS; illness perception and management in CFS; exercise management practices; and innate immune changes in the peripheral blood of CFS patients. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – The Internist‘s View on Myalgic Encephalopathy and Complementary/Alternative Treatments (pp. 1-16)
Frank H. Comhaire, M.D., Ph.D. (Brakelmeersstraat, Sint Martens-Latem, Belgium)

Chapter 2 – Metal Hypersensitivity As the Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Case Report (pp. 17-30)
Jan Manousek, M.D., Lenka Privarova, M.D. and Monika Pavkova–Goldbergova, M.D., Ph.D. (Department of Cardiology and Internal Medicine, University Hospital Brno, Czech Republic, and others)

Chapter 3 – Illness Perception and Management in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (pp. 31-40)
Susanne Fischer, MSc and Urs M. Nater, Ph.D. (Clinical Biopsychology, Department of Psychology, University of Marburg, Gutenbergstrasse, Marburg, Germany)

Chapter 4 – A Review of Current Exercise Management Practices for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (pp. 41-78)
Suzanne Broadbent, Ph.D. (School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia)

Chapter 5 – Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Current Approaches and Future Directions (pp. 79-90)
Samantha C. Johnston, Donald R. Staines, Ekua W. Brenu and Sonya M. Marshall-Gradisnik (Griffith Health Institute, School of Medical Sciences, National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia)

Chapter 6 – Innate Immune Changes in the Peripheral Blood of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients: Risk Factors for Disease Progression and Management (pp. 91-130)
Deborah L. S. Goetz, Judy A. Mikovits, Jamie Deckoff-Jones and Francis W. Ruscetti (LANDRES Management Consultant, MAR Consulting Inc., Private CFS Practice, and others)
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