MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS, or ME/CFS is a multi-system disease, a  chronic disease that frequently follows a viral infection, such as EBV, Ear infections, Hepatitis, Glandular fever or Covid. Treatment is long term, and consistency is important. 

Fatigue and low energy in spite of adequate rest could be due to chronic and lingering inflammation. 

Inflammation that sticks around even though it’s not needed, is going to use up a bunch of your energy, and there is a strong links between chronic inflammation and chronic fatigue in post-viral syndromes. Brain fog is common in M.E. and CFS, and could be caused by low-level brain inflammation that literally makes it harder for you to think.

ME or CFS t is characterized by:

Disabling fatigue
Exhaustion
Muscle pain
Headaches
Joint pain
Confusion
Poor concentration
Poor memory
Insomnia
Light-headedness
Dizziness
Blurred vision
Eye pain
Light sensitivity
Gastrointestinal disturbances
Abdominal pain
Depression
Fever
Chills
Night sweats
A recurrent sore throat
Lymph node tenderness
Skin rashes
Neurological complaints

           Acute Stage:

Continuous or repeated flu-like symptoms
Blocked or runny nose
Chills
Swollen glands
Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Cough
Fatigue
Lack of energy
Exhaustion or Burnout
Weariness
Lack of expression
Memory loss
Lack of concentration
Reduced capacity for work
Insomnia
dizziness
Nervousness


          General migratory soreness and pain in the:


Muscles
Neck
Head
Body
Stomach
Ribcage area, or below ribs
Abdomen

Chronic Stage:

The acute symptoms may recur occasionally
General exhaustion
Fatigue
Insomnia
Drowsiness
Forgetfulness
Reduced or lost capacity for work
Easily infected by pathogenic factors
Aching or pain in the muscles 

 Symptoms vary in type but also in severity, ranging from mild to severe. An estimated one in four patients are housebound or bed bound.  In Western Medicine diagnosis is based on “diagnosing an illness”,  and treatment may help symptoms, but there is no actual cure. 

However,  in Chinese Medicine, the whole human is diagnosed in addition to the signs and symptoms experienced, and the method used to diagnose is called a “pattern of disharmonies.” Several patterns can be present simultaneously, and the diagnosis should be done by a licensed acupuncturist. Self diagnosing is usually not as effective. Because of the individual irregularities in the pattern of disharmonies, the herbal medicine formula prescriptions usually have to be changed in some way. Sometimes an herb or two has to be removed, and other times, different herbs have to be added into the herbal medicine formula.

There are a number of “patterns of disharmonies” that are implicated in M.E. and some are listed below.  There are many more possible patterns of disharmonies, and finding the right pattern will make the treatment  more effective. Seek help with diagnosis and treatment for best results.

Shao Yang Jing:

Additional symptoms:

Alternating chills and fever

Restlessness

Irritability

Loss of appetite

Sometimes fatigue, sometimes better

Nausea

Occasional vomiting

Headaches (side of head)

Hypochondriac pain and fullness

Dry throat

Rib pain

Achiness

Ear infection

Hearing difficulty

Red eyes

Blurred vision

Stiff shoulders

Throat pain

Hip pain

T: Normal with bumps or dots on side

C: Thin white or White and slippery on one side only

P: Wiry

Herbal medicine Formulas:

Xiao Chai Hu Tang

With pronounced Dampness: Da Yuan Yin

Qi Deficiency with Dampness:

Additional symptoms:

A bloated sensation with pain in the Stomach

Abdominal distention

Borborygmus

A poor appetite

Loose stools

Lack of energy

Drowsiness

Shortness of breath

Reluctance to speak

Pale complexion

Puffy face

T: Pale

C: White

P: Thready and slippery

Herbal Medicine formulas:

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang  (modified)

Damp heat in the Muscles:

Aches in the muscles

Fatigue

Sleepiness

Heavy sensation in the body or head

Muscle fatigue after even light exercise

Lack of appetite

A feeling of stuffiness in the chest or epigastrium

A sticky taste in the mouth

Lack of concentration

Foggy sensation in the brain

Short-term memory loss

Dull headache

T: Normal

C: Sticky and yellow

P: Slippery

With Heat predominant:


Thirst
Dark urine
Yellow vaginal discharge
Mucus in the stools
A burning sensation in the anus on defecation
Possible Blood in the stools
Possible night sweats

With Damp-Heat entering the Liver and Gallbladder:


A bitter taste in the mouth
Hypochondriac pain and distention
Possible jaundice


T.C.: Sticky and yellow on the sides

With Damp-Heat affecting the Bladder:


Urinary difficulty
Turbid urine
Burning urination


T.C.: Sticky and yellow at the root with red spots

With no Heat:


No thirst


T.C.: Sticky and white

Herbal Medicine Formulas:

Lian Po Yin

Zhi Shi Dao Zhi Wan

With dy stools: Huo Po Xia Ling Tang

For Dampness without Heat: Hou Po Xia Ling Tang

Dr. Anna Bäck

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