Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and ME/CFS
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which is now referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.1
Other characteristic symptoms include:
- Muscle or joint pain
- Cognitive difficulties
- Orthostatic hypotension- dizziness that worsens when moving sitting to standing
- Sore throats
- Swollen lymph nodes
The CDC estimates that 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans suffer from ME/CFS.2
The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although there are many theories — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress.
The term “chronic fatigue syndrome” has been criticized by some patients as being both stigmatizing and trivializing, so the name ME/CFS is now preferred by patients, though some doctors are hesitant to use it since inflammation of the brain hasn’t been confirmed.
In Western medicine, there is no known cure. Symptoms are treated with medications like antidepressants, pain meds and other palliative care depending on the individual patient’s unique symptom presentation. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs help relieve muscle and joint aches that often accompany CFS. Fibromyalgia syndrome and CFS are often overlapping conditions.
Neurofeedback and the Treatment of ME/CFS
Neurofeedback, starting with a quantitative EEG assessment (QEEG) identify which areas of the brain are involved with causing the symptoms the patient is experiencing. EEG neurofeedback was identified as a potential diagnostic and treatment protocol for CFS as far back as 1996. Neurofeedback helps symptoms of depression, cognitive deficits, memory and concentration problems, sleep disturbances, and chronic pain.
Neurofeedback is completely safe, and allows the brain to heal itself. It optimizes the brain’s functioning by monitoring brainwaves and adjusting them to normal ranges. Patients experience great relief, and in some cases complete remission of their symptoms.
If you are in Fort Collins or the Northern Colorado area, call or contact us to set up an appointment for an EEG brain scan, and see how neurofeeback can help you overcome the symptoms of ME/CFS.
Updated November 2020