Is CFS that much serious?

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I am an athlete and last day I met two athletes who had battled with CFS and were in the process of beginning their training once more. I found a chance to speak with them and I came to realize how grave is this disease. One of them told me that at the beginning of these CFS he just felt tired and ill. That is almost like when we are about to cold or flu and that tone doesn't pass out for a long time. At present he is under a treatment in Athletic Edge a sports medicine service in Canada and he feels better now. After this I researched on this and found that, for athletes there is more chances of getting CFS. Is that so? If it is, what all things I need to take care to avoid CFS.

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    I'm not sure there is a way to avoid it as they don't know why it exists.  Sometimes it's after an operation sometimes, like myself it just started.  Sometimes you can recover and sometimes, like myself it will always be with me and it will go through worse and better periods (so far I've had it at least 22yrs since I was 14 ish).  Some say eat health, some say don't eat certain things.  You also get it to many varied degrees. I now can't walk more than 80m on a very good moment and down to one step on a very bad.  I used to be a sprinter and swimming.  But one day I may get it back.

    I'm not sure you can avoid it, it's all about how bad you get it and if it will allow you to get rid of it, or at least get back to doing things that you want to.

    Not much help I'm afraid.  However, try to not worry about getting it. Deal with it if you do get it.  Yes, you met 2 yesterday but think about all the athletes you've met who have never got it. wink

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    Hi Stephen, i am an athlete myself battling CFS since Mar2014 although i became ll with viral symptoms in Nov2013. Did the athletes tell you what things helped them most ? I do feel i am recovering but it is very slow. Things to watch out for to avoid CFS are chronic stressors, find time to relax and enjoy life. My own problems started after i took a new heavy lifting manual warehouse job starting at 5am in the morning, a few years of this together with my triathlon training has seemingly pushed my body over the edge. I do believe i will get better but it's literlly going to take a few years off my life.
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    The latest research is looking like its going to be classed as an Auto Immune Disorder.  This is why so many people get it after some type of virus/infection. It also shows that it causes low grade swelling within the brain, which is why most people experience such a wide variety of symptoms both cognitive and physical. Its also looking like there is  a genetic link component to it.  When you look at other auto immune disorders they seem to attack certain areas, this however seems to be wide spread across many systems which is why it causes so many issues for people and is almost impossible to pin down.  Athletes will always be more susceptible as they push their body to extremes its not really designed for. CFS is about overloading of the body. Be it with too much exercise... stress... heavy work load... infection/virus. They all are triggers. For whatever reason our systems cant cope with excess of anything. So keep that in mind at all times smile IN my personal opinion anyone wanting to try and go back to pushing themselves to the brink when they have already experienced a problem like CFS is an idiot!  haha  but each to their own. Its the bodies way of telling you enough is enough.. so why would you keep on doing the same thing?  Thats the definition of insanity.. a person who keeps doing the same behaviours yet expects the outcome to be different!
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      Hi,

      Can you forward me more info with regards to the latest research showing CFS to be an auto-immune disorde ? I don't think that everyone that get's a CFS diagnosis has the same problem. Alot of it could be easilly treatable infection/s or even adrenal fatigue or both. There is no question in my mind what has happened to me is life changing, should i recover my health to a normal degree the level of exercise i previously experienced is a thing of the past.

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      Its all ready up David.. its a video taken from a conference in the USA. One of the leading doctors doing research explains how they are trying to narrow it down so they can better look for makers to make it easier to find a test for it. Its very interesting but a bit long winded.  As for your comments about Adrenal fatigue etc.. Yes you are right, but these people are wrong diagnosed in the first place. This is why a small number of people spontaneously recover from the condition... they weren’t correctly diagnosed in the first place which is why they recover and others dont. Until they have a test or can find concrete markers for the condition then they will keep making such mistakes.
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      What bothers me with a CFS diagnosis is many doctors reluctance to have their patients FULLY tested for EVERYTHING it could possible be.

      It has to be approached with an open mind. Clearly when people were once fit and healthy something is physically wrong with the body, there must be evidence, they seem reluctant to have a proper look. ONLY when i have completed this process will i accept the diagnosis.

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      Yes its sad but true...i was one of the lucky ones who had a doctor that wanted to check me for everything. He was great... i had some tests twice a few months apart just to make sure. The only ever problem result i have had is my white cell count. Its never been normal in 20 years, always appears as if i have some type of bad infection in my body, but yet there are no makers for a known auto immune disorder.. so my conclusion is i have one but they just cant test for it yet smile Looking at a few other posts on here there has been some break through with protein makers and a few other things... so there is hope. When a test does come out it will be interesting to see just how many of the diagnosed people actually have it, something tells me there will be a good proportion that dont and may have other undiagnosed problems.
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      My WBC count was quite low in the beginning 1.3 neutrophils and 3.5 total. My last set of bloods were 8 weeks ago and they were better at 2.8 neutrophils and 4.9 total WBC. I'm getting a new set of bloods Wednesday. I'm intrigued to see what they show. My GP practise has been superb, i'm still to see infectious disease specialist, 8 months in but that is now in process. My last port of call really, what are the odds they find something ? I think potentially alot of CFS is caused by gut dysbiosis.
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    It's likely that lots of different conditions end up being lumped together as CFS. The criteria of CFS means that anyone with the diagnosis would need to be quite seriously ill, but alos, there is a massive range within that. Some of those people can be expected to recover, while others can end up spending the rest of their lives being seriously disabled.

    Our understanding of the condition is not good enough to know how to avoid it, and the risk factors which have been indicated and difficult for individuals to control: genetics, certain viral infections, etc.

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