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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Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend | TED Talk | TED.com

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

 This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by Ted editors on the home page.
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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

7-Day Souping Meal Plan – EatingWell

“Souping” has gained popularity in recent years as a way to eat clean, lose weight and get healthy. The idea behind a soup cleanse is that you eat only vegetable soups for a certain number of days and afterwards—poof—you’re magically slimmer and healthier. Unfortunately, there’s no magic trick for losing weight or staying healthy, and in fact, eating nothing but vegetable soup means you miss out on a lot of important nutrients from other foods. While the souping trend isn’t the cure-all some claim it to be, there are definite benefits to eating more veggie-packed soups. For one, you’re getting in a variety of veggies and the beneficial nutrients they provide, like fiber, vitamins and minerals. And because vegetable soups are naturally low in calories and have a high water content, you can fill up on a large serving.

 

In this week’s meal plan, we show you Eating Well’s take on a healthy soup diet. The 7 days of soups in this plan pack in the veggies and add in other healthy foods to balance out the meal, with filling protein from beans, lentils and lean meat. Each soup is low-calorie, so you can enjoy a big bowl, and provides at least 1 serving of protein to help you feel satisfied. To make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, we suggest balancing your day with a healthy breakfast and lunch (that isn’t soup), so we’ve included some recipe ideas each day for inspiration. Enjoy this week of delicious, warming and satisfying soup dinners.

 

Day 1: Southwestern Vegetable & Chicken Soup

Southwestern Vegetable & Chicken Soup: Who wouldn’t want to eat their vegetables when they’re tucked into a fragrant broth with bits of tasty chicken and spiked with a shot of fresh lime and cilantro? This healthy chicken vegetable soup seems even richer with the smoky flavor from roasted poblano peppers and garlic. Serve this healthy soup with tortilla chips and a side salad to round out the meal.

For breakfast, try these make-ahead Muffin-Tin Quiches with Smoked Cheddar & Potato, and for lunch, the colorful Spring Roll Salad.

 

Day 2: Ribollita Soup

Ribollita Soup: Ribollita, a traditional hearty Tuscan soup, typically uses day-old bread to add body and thicken the broth. This ribollita recipe uses a bean mash instead to add fiber. Garnish with extra-virgin olive oil or pepper and grated Parmesan and a piece of crusty whole-grain bread.

Try this beautiful Raspberry-Peach-Mango Smoothie Bowl for breakfast and the Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap for lunch.

 

Day 3: Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque

Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque: This satisfying vegetarian sweet potato soup is inspired by the flavors of West African peanut soup. We like the added zip of hot green chiles, but be careful not to add too much—they’re spicy. Top with chopped peanuts and scallions and serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette.

The Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal cooks up quickly for breakfast and the Green Goddess Salad with Chicken makes for a healthy lunch, ready in just 15 minutes.

 

Day 4: Salmon Chowder

Salmon Chowder: The flavor of this salmon chowder is enhanced by adding either fresh dill or dried tarragon—each herb lends its own distinctively different and appealing character to the soup. This recipe calls for instant mashed potatoes, which gives the soup a thick, chowder texture without any heavy cream or butter. Leftover mashed potatoes will work, but give a slightly less-velvety texture.

The Fig & Ricotta Toast is a fun way to change up your typical breakfast toast routine and the Spinach, Avocado & Mango Salad adds a tropical flavor twist to lunch.

 

Day 5: Curried Parsnip & Apple Soup

Curried Parsnip & Apple Soup: This creamy parsnip and apple soup recipe has amazing flavor from the combination of curry powder, coriander, cumin and ginger. Be sure to use fresh curry powder when making this soup for the best flavor. Not sure if yours is fresh? Open the jar: the aroma should meet your nose immediately. Serve this warming soup with flatbread or whole-wheat rolls.

The Broccoli & Parmesan Cheese Omelet makes for a satisfying breakfast and the Edamame Hummus Wrap is a great packable lunch.

 

Day 6: Slow-Cooker Chicken Pho

Slow-Cooker Chicken Pho: Chicken pho, a classic Vietnamese soup, is a perfect recipe for a slow cooker. The chicken and seasonings of star anise, cloves and ginger simmer all day in the crock pot, welcoming you home with an alluring aroma. Serve with the essential garnishes for pho soup—fresh herbs, bean sprouts, chiles and lime—and let everyone top their own. For those who want more heat, add some chile-garlic sauce.

The Strawberry & Yogurt Parfait is a convenient grab-and-go breakfast and the Salmon Salad is an easy-to-make lunch to take to work.

 

Day 7: Very Green Lentil Soup

Very Green Lentil Soup: Lentils seem to go well with just about anything, and here they play well with a collection of greens and some cumin and coriander to add a gentle spicy note to this soup recipe. The result is a hearty soup with layers of flavor. Both French green lentils (available in natural-foods stores and specialty markets) and more commonly available brown lentils are delicious in this soup. The French green lentils hold their shape better when cooked, while brown lentils will start to break down a bit.

Fiber-packed, protein-rich Oatmeal-Almond Protein Pancakes are just what you need on a Saturday morning. And the Open-Face Egg Salad Sandwich recipe for lunch is enhanced with the help of savory pancetta.

Source: 7-Day Souping Meal Plan – EatingWell