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The question of whether the condition known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) actually exists or not has long since been answered, but there are still many unanswered questions about what constitutes a true diagnosis of CFS. As more people become aware of the possibility that there may be an alternative to the conventional treatment methods for their illness, a greater number of doctors are beginning to recognize the potential in using a variety of alternative treatments, and a new set of criteria are being devised to help determine the exact diagnosis.
When someone first describes the symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also referred to as CFS, they will often describe a sense of tiredness, muscle weakness, and even loss of concentration. Often times those suffering from CFS have even more difficulty concentrating, and will even claim that they feel like they are falling into a coma. Many times those suffering from CFS will even claim that they can barely remember anything in the past, that their thoughts seem foggy, and that they are experiencing auditory and visual hallucinations.
A thorough review of any medical records, especially ones that have had a visit by a doctor, can often lead to the conclusion that the cause of the symptoms is in fact CFS, and the real problem is just having a poor immune system and not being able to fight off the disease. However, when the doctor does the proper research on the internet, they will find out that CFS does indeed exist, and that it has been proven that it actually can be treated and even cured.
Some doctors will go as far as diagnosing a person who is afflicted with MS as having CFS, but this is not a wise move to make. As more people become aware of the possibility that there may be an alternative to the traditional method of treatment for their illness, there will be a greater number of people who will begin to take an active interest in learning how to cure their own illnesses. Unfortunately, the symptoms of CFS are so severe that doctors may feel that their patients need to be kept in the hospital instead of able to properly recover and live a life without their disease.
Doctors and scientists have spent years researching the possible cure for MS, but they have never been able to come up with one. The only way that they feel that doctors can determine the exact cause of the disease is to use various tests and find out which ones are causing the problem, but because there are many different causes of the condition, the tests are often inconclusive.
This is where criteria for determining the correct diagnosis of MS comes into play. For example, when a doctor performs a test such as a blood test, a blood panel, or an ECG, they will take blood samples from the patients to see if there are any abnormalities in the levels of calcium in the bloodstream. If the doctor discovers abnormally high levels of calcium in the bloodstream, they will use these readings as one of the criteria for determining the cause of CFS.
Another test that can be used to diagnose CFS is called the polysomnogram, which allows doctors to record the level of sleepiness or fatigue that a patient has gone through throughout the course of the day, their fatigue levels throughout the week, and any changes in their mood and appetite. Finally, the tests include the testing of the heart rate and oxygen saturation, as well as the amount of pain felt by the patient.
The last criterion for determining whether or not there is a true, conclusive diagnosis for CFS involves the actual study of the brainwave activity of the patient. Doctors can determine whether or not their brainwaves show any patterns that could indicate a loss of brain functioning due to the disease.