Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that causes extreme fatigue over extended periods of time which persists after rest and limits one’s ability to conduct ordinary daily activities. Discuss topics including causes, exams and tests for CFS, treatments and how to live with CFS.
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"Tender Point" testing --- link:
Rheumatoid Factor --- 21.5% of fibromyalgia patients' have a positive rheumatoid factor. --- source: http://www.myalgia.com/refs%2081%20to%200302.htm
T3 REVERSE -- "The mix of treatments needed varies from patient to patient. There are some abnormalities that are common. For instance, close to 100% of individuals with these syndromes have low thyroid. This is, however, usually not picked up on the standard blood tests because the TSH is not elevated in these individuals due to pituitary dysfunction. Many of these individuals will also have high levels of the anti-thyroid reverse T3, which is usually not measured on standard blood tests. In addition, the majority of individuals can also have a thyroid receptor resistance that is not detected on the blood tests. Consequently, thyroid treatment, especially with timed release T3, is effective for many patients. T4 preparations (inactive thyroid) such as Synthroid and Levoxyl do not work well for these conditions."
Kent Holtorf, M.D. --- link to article:
You may want to check out a discussion on iodine and thyroid:
Additional information in MedHelp's thyroid forum about the T3 Reverse Test:
ANA 29% of fibromyalgia patients' have a positive ANA titer --- source: http://www.myalgia.com/refs%2081%20to%200302.htm
DEXA Scan / Vitamin D level
A lab test on spinal fluid that possibly can diagnose both fibromyalgia and CFS. The test is still in the research phase, but it is a national lab and Medicare is now covering this test. For more information, visit Red Labs USA