The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Understanding, Treating, and Living with CFIDs

The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Understanding, Treating, and Living with CFIDs

The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Understanding, Treating, and Living with CFIDs

The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Understanding, Treating, and Living with CFIDs

Synopsis

Written by one of the world's leading experts in Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), this book is the most authoritative guide to a devastating illness that affects millions of people. Misunderstood by both the public and the medical community, CFIDS has been subject to rumors and misinformation, making it next to impossible to determine what the facts are. David S. Bell, M. D., a noted expert and pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of CFIDS, has written this book to provide accurate, up-to-date, and accessible information for all those who need to understand this emerging health epidemic. This definitive guide to the history, symptoms, effects, theories, treatment, continuing research, and recent advances covers all that anyone who has been touched by this devastating illness needs to know to understand, treat, and live with it. Furthermore, this book details the tremendous strides that are being made in the search for the cause and the cure for CFIDS, and provides sufferers with the latest information on what they can do to best treat the symptoms they suffer from. For many of the victims of CFIDS, there are often more questions than answers. Here at last are the facts from the acknowledged expert.

Excerpt

When physicians know very little about an illness, they often attempt to disguise their lack of knowledge by using a variety of names for the disease. The number of names is inversely proportional to the amount of knowledge. Certainly this is true of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is one of a multitude of names for a poorly understood illness that has finally begun to gain long‐ deserved attention. The confusion, controversy, and misunderstandings surrounding this illness have led directly to an increased burden of suffering for those who have it. Although "chronic fatigue syndrome" is the term most frequently used by medical specialists, it is often confused with the generic symptom of "chronic fatigue." A recent article in a prominent medical journal made this common mistake, adding to the confusion among health professionals.

Many illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, anxiety, and depression, can cause the symptom of chronic fatigue. However, chronic fatigue syndrome is distinct from the multitude of fatigue-causing illnesses; it is a specific constellation of symptoms—a unique syndrome. I therefore prefer to use the term "chronic fatigue / immune dysfunction syndrome" (CFIDS), since it combines the symptom of fatigue with the presence of immune system markers, thus separating it from generic chronic fatigue.

The first edition of this book was titled The Disease of a Thousand Names, and some of the many names are presented in chapter one and the chapter on CFIDS history. Although some of the name confusion has begun to abate, it has by no means disappeared. It is very likely that when the cause of CFIDS becomes understood, the useless controversy over the name will finally come to rest. I hope that time will soon be at hand.

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