Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Self Test

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Chronic Fatigue SyndromeCFS, is a debilitating condition that currently has no definitive cause identified and can result in unemployment and disability from the symptoms.

Sufferers have specific symptoms that they identify and experience over time. There have been several causative agents theorized to have an effect on the condition or to cause the condition but up until this time there have been no definitive research studies that are conclusive.

Until this time there has also been no conclusive test that can either rule in or rule out the condition. One of the biggest reasons that physicians don’t have a definitive test for the condition is because they don’t have a conclusive cause. There is, however, a list of symptoms and signs that are associated with the condition.

These specific symptoms are a necessary part of the diagnosis. And, because these symptoms are also indicative of other medical diagnoses it is important that your physician rule out other medical problems. Only after all other potential conditions are ruled out can a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome be made.

Because the diagnosis is one of exclusion, when all other possible diagnoses are ruled out before the diagnosis can be made, it is essential that if you believe you may have chronic fatigue syndrome you should be evaluated by a physician. Other diagnoses that have similar symptoms are diabetes and thyroid conditions. Both of these are treatable but without treatment can cause significant long-term damage to the body.A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome self test would include a knowledge of the symptoms and time line of the patients experience. If after taking this self test you believe you have a problem please see your medical practitioner for an evaluation.

To diagnose CFS the symptoms must be present for 6 months or greater without other medical conditions diagnosed with similar symptoms. If you suspect you have a problem don’t wait six months to see if the symptoms remain. Instead, visit your doctor to rule out other medical conditions that may respond to treatment. In fact, one of the criteria for this self-test is that you have visited your physician and have had other medical conditions ruled out.

If you have been tired or fatigued for 6 months or greater that isn”t relieved with sleep or rest you may have CFS. Patients with CFS complain of non-restorative sleep. In other words, they sleep but awaken exhausted and unable to function well during the day.

Sufferers will also have four of the following symptoms that have been present for six months or greater and have caused an impairment in the daily living activities of the sufferer: impaired memory, impaired concentration, sore throat, tenderness or pain in the lymph nodes around the arm pits or neck, muscle pain, feeling tired even 24 hours after exercise, non-restorative sleep, pain in multiple joints with swelling or redness or a different type of headache with different pattern and severity.

If you have suffered at least four of these symptoms for six months or greater and have had other medical problems ruled out then the likelihood is that you may have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Self-tests aren’t always accurate but they do give both patients and doctors a starting point for diagnosis and recommendations for treatment protocols.

Source: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Self Test

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8 Kinds Of Pain That Are Directly Connected To Emotional States

Life can kick you, toss you and keep you down at any point in time. When this happens, it can lead us to feel more negative emotions than positive ones. Not only will we feel emotional pain, but we will also feel physical pain as well.

Because our spirit and body are intertwined, it becomes extremely important that we start listening to certain signals that our body sends us. The only way we can detect and treat our issues is through their manifestation via emotional and physical pain.

Head Pain: Severe headaches are a common sign that your under extreme stress. It might be a good idea to start doing things that you love.

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Some examples of things people often do to relax include walking in nature, reading, painting, exercising, and even different types of meditation are good ways for stress relief.

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Neck Pain: This type of pain is usually a result of people having difficulty letting things go or forgiving people. It’s best to remember that nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes.

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Upper Back Pain: If you have upper back pain, it is usually from a lack of emotional support. It tends to come from loneliness, being unloved or feeling unappreciated.

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In regards to feeling unloved or unappreciated, try connecting to those people who are close to you. Now if you are single, it’s time to get out there and meet new people and start dating.

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Lower Back Pain: If you often worry about your financial situation, you will feel lower back pain. It’s like those commercials where the person goes to see the doctor about lower back pain. But the doctor says they can’t help with “tax pain.”

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Whether it’s a financial crisis, or money is just a touchy subject, but you need to try and regain control of your finances and try to manage your money more carefully. Or you can ask a financial expert for help.

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Elbow Pain: Elbow pain may signify that approach life in a more rigorous and planned way. This type of pain is also a sign that you are unwilling to change.

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The stiffer your elbow becomes, the stiffer the life your leading is. It’s always a good idea to shake things up in your life from time to time. It allows you to get used to change and also used to unexpected surprises.

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Pain in Your Hands: Hand pain can be a sign that you are not connect with people the way you want. It’s important to go out and try to meet new people. It may restore a fresh feeling that you’ve been missing.

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This doesn’t mean you leave your old friends, it’s also important to re-establish the connections with them because every relationship is worth investing in.

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Hip Pain: Because your hips are connected to your legs, this pain could be a sign that you are afraid to move. I’m not talking about physically moving, I’m talking about your fear to move forward in life.

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You need to remember that some of the greatest accomplishments in life were done by people who took risks. It’s important to try and get out of your comfort zone sometimes because you will never find what life has to offer if you don’t look.

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Source: 8 Kinds Of Pain That Are Directly Connected To Emotional States

The Chronic Pain Funk 

When you have chronic pain you make excuses.  It’s inevitable.

The pain creeps up on you and cancels your plans. It may be escorted by depression and fatigue. After a while your friends think your blowing them off and you stop getting those invites. You’re no longer comfortable sitting for hours at a movie or chatting. and you can forget events that require you to stand for the duration. Even with the best of intentions, a flare can knock the wind out of your sails pretty quickly.

What You Want, Really, Really Want….

You want a community of people who understand what you’re going through.

You don’t want to deal with stigma, drama or anything that’s going to piss you off or make you sad.

You want to laugh. You need to laugh!

You want to create something  without being intimidated

You don’t want to drop a lot of cash, cause – life

You want to make something meaningful, beautiful, and soul lifting

You want to not feel pain for a few hours (days if possible)

You want to be creative when the time is good for you

You want what a recipe for making your soul feel good.

 

Some help

Join a group or community that you share an interest with.

Make sure that the people/community you decide to join have no judgements about your illness, or your decided course of wellness whether it’s cannabis or other natural remedies or pharmaceuticals.

There are a few artists offering free workshops online that are very  empowering. These are a good way of taking your time to create projects you choose, and they allow you to participate at times that are god for your schedule. They also most often include a community of like-minded people. Many are uplifting or soul shifting projects in nature./

If you have mobility and inclination sign up for a workshop outside the home. Mobility, socializing and creative practice are all components to good overall health and wellness for those with chronic illnesses.  Look for our upcoming workshops this spring…

Personal experience, classroom observations and research data show that the act of creating lessens pain, heightens pleasure and stimulates serotonin. I have seen Parkinson patients in my classes have their tremors completely cease when they pick up a paintbrush. One client who suffers from completely body tremors requiring assistance to walk at times comes to mind. He is draw linear lines freehand when he has a paintbrush in hand. Many clients reported a decrease or absence of pain when engaged in a creative project.

The seven realms of a positive life experience for people with chronic pain are:
medication/medical – support community/social interaction – exercise/movement – spiritual practice – nutrition – healthy sleep ethic – creative pursuits
I’ll be discussing the seven realm in detail in upcoming posts.

And finally don’t be so hard on yourself. Worrying can intensify your physical pain.
Accept your limitations, know when to relax.

Ti

 

 

Give Yourself Permission

You never know what kind of sacrifices a person has to make to lead the semblance of a “normal” life.

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Here at Chilled Chicks we have had this conversation too many times to count. One never knows glancing at another in passing, what their inner battles might be. Some people suffer in silence with depression and anxiety. The very thought of pulling it together to show face can be overwhelming and exhausting. There are no words for the sheer energy expelled to lift yourhead off the pillow and put on the false face of normalcy.

Then there are the growing number that we are struggling with; chronic pain, FMS and a host of other physically debilitating, misdiagnosed ailments. Your head and your heart want to get out there, connect, socialize, celebrate, create or just be able to do the day to day mundane things that need to be done.384717049ee69f2691498e721901ca53Here’s the price that you know you might pay though and it’s pretty steep. You have to knowingly choose to live a life knowing that one day of shopping, running around and a dinner will undoubtedly lead to the following day feeling like you need to be in traction and that with every beat of your heart,  the pain marches to a more chaotic beat. It may also leave you sweating, grunting and breathless.

 

Whatever your strug4924dc08a8709ab6d7bc7d02ff39c72dgles, do you stop living or do you push your way through knowing that you’ll feel like you’ve been kicked in the ass the next day? Some things are worth giving yourself permission to live in the moment. Get up and go out, have some fun, let your loved one take you to supper or a show, knowing that thenext day you may be on your on the couch. Honor yourself in as many ways as you can.

Give yourself permission to chill your ass out the next day with no regrets. Inform your tribe that they need to pick up some slack and show some understanding. Share your pain, accept help, take a stand for your own wellbeing and most of all  – Give yourself permission to live well and have fun.