Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia share many common factors. There are many in the medical community that believe neither one of these conditions are real. Fortunately the evidence is beginning to outweigh opinion, and the number of neigh-sayers are decreasing daily. Let us not forget that there was a time in history when schizophrenia was unknown, and when the concept of little bugs that can make people sick (germs) where laughable in the orthodox medical sphere. My point being, these things obviously existed even though they were unrecognized and mislabeled. The same will eventually be true of many of these chronic conditions in spite of the frustrating lack of biomarkers which help to legitimize a disease.
The main difference between CFS and FMS seems to be pain. While there are many overlapping symptoms in both, FMS has the cornerstone on pain, while CFS can boast it’s main attribute as fatigue. Now, the problem with the term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is the negative connotation it has among many people. Some will say, “Yeah, yeah, I get tired a lot too. Everyone gets ‘fatigued'”, or “That’s just a crutch lazy people use, they just need to exercise more, eat better, ect.”. When I first heard the diagnosis CFS given to me by my physician, I actually experienced shame. I thought, “That’s it? Isn’t that the ‘made-up’ condition used by hypochondriacs to explain nervous disorders?” “How can I tell people that’s what I have, they won’t take my condition seriously, it’s not a ‘legitimate’ disease.” Even though I knew what I had was real, I knew that what I had been experiencing for years was authentic and at times fairly debilitating.
Needless to say I am singing a new tune these days. One woman said of CFS, “It’s not just being tired. It was as if someone had drained all the blood out of me and replaced it with cement.” Yes, that’s it exactly. I can remember times of falling into a chair and feeling like my limbs weighed a thousand pounds each. Sleeping is usually the cure for being ‘tired’, there is no cure for the ‘immense fatigue’ that occurs during a CFS flare up. There are many other symptoms of CFS, I am merely focusing on the fatigue aspect here. Getting the word out and taking the stigma off will further CFS’ acceptance.
Recipe Of The Week
~Protein Punch Probiotic~
(popularly known on Pinterest lately as ‘Cookie Dough Yogurt’,… yeah, who are we kidding here? It doesn’t taste like cookie dough, but it is good)
~container of favorite vanilla Greek yogurt
~1 tbsp. peanut butter
~1/2 tsp vanilla extract
~3 tsp raw organic honey
~bittersweet chocolate chips
Mix and enjoy.