You take a short walk around the block and are left feeling totally exhausted (mentally and physically)… unable to complete simple daily tasks. Your exhaustion may last for days, even after having a good night’s sleep! Rest does not help and depression seems to be setting in. Friends, co-workers or family members may question and doubt the reality of what you are living with, or should we say… suffering with. We know your symptoms are real and that you may have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). If you are looking for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Doctors or a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet… we can help.
Many people who come to the AIMS Clinic have similar stories of fatigue – feeling rundown, overwhelmed, irritable and depressed. Some suffer with widespread and multi-joint pain (without swelling or redness) and muscle soreness, while others have poor memory/concentration, strong food cravings (especially for carbohydrates and sugar), headaches (of a new type, pattern or severity), flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes or a sore throat. If you believe you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, seek medical advice. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms may destroy good health, an energetic lifestyle, career and family relationships. Awareness of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms are essential to reduce or eliminate pain and fatigue.
You are not alone! There are an estimated 1 million people in the US diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In fact, experts believe that an additional 20% of Americans have not yet been diagnosed. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not contagious and is more common in women, affecting black women more than white or Asian women. CFS is most prevalent among adults age 40 – 59. It may begin as a simple concern in which the demands on your body are greater than the support it receives. Mild fatigue is temporary, usually ending after a good night’s sleep. However, chronic fatigue is not! Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms continue and generally worsen over time. Unfortunately, physical or mental activity may increase symptoms and a good night’s sleep does not help the fatigue.
At our Clinic, patients suffering with CFS have experienced extreme fatigue that lasts for more than 6 months. In addition, each patient has their own array of accompanying symptoms. One patient may have all of the symptoms listed above, while another patient may experience just a few, thus making diagnosis and treatment challenging for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Doctors. Another concern to consider is overlapping of symptoms between conditions, such as with CFS, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).
People come to the AIMS Clinic often feeling frustrated, wondering how they got this syndrome. We believe CFS does not have one single cause, but represents the body’s response to cumulative physical (muscular and structural), chemical and emotional stress. Unfortunately, there is no specific test to determine what may be causing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms, however many triggers or theories exist:
If you have 6 or more consecutive months of severe fatigue, unrelieved by sufficient bed rest along with nonspecific symptoms, including flu-like symptoms, generalized pain and memory problems, then a CFS diagnosis must be considered. As with other chronic conditions, early detection, diagnosis and treatment will ultimately yield better health outcomes.
At the AIMS Clinic, the key to our success, is an integrated treatment program that corrects physical, chemical and emotional imbalances. Our Board Certified Medical Doctors, Pain Management Specialist, Physical Therapists, Chiropractic Physicians and Nutritionist conduct a thorough patient history, documentation of symptoms, x-rays, blood tests and physical examination. We offer a comprehensive scientific integration of two or more of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome treatment options below to minimize symptoms and maximize results.
Pain Management: Our Board Certified Medical Specialist will conduct a thorough examination to determine if Prescription Pain Medication Intervention, Trigger Point Injections, Joint Injections, Epidural Injections, Nerve Blocks, Facet Joint Blocks or Radio Frequency Nerve Ablation are needed.
Functional Medicine: The goal of a Functional Medical Physician is to restore chemical balance via proper nutrition and carefully chosen nutritional supplementation. This process is made possible through metabolically oriented functional tests, which are selected based upon symptoms, medical history and physical examination. When nutrient deficiencies are reversed, the problem is addressed and healing is enhanced. Proper nutrients have a positive effect on pain, as well as the anxiety and depression that goes along with the syndrome. Additionally, vitamin and mineral supplementation help boost the immune system and help supply energy.
Based upon our research, 90% of our CFS patients have severe problems with their gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). GI function is critical for optimal health! The largest portion of our immune system is located in the GI tract! We believe the GI tract holds many answers for those seeking Chronic Fatigue Syndrome relief. Diagnostic tests to determine GI function may include a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis, 24-Hour Toxic Element Clearance Profile, Hormonal Saliva Testing, Sage Food and Chemical Sensitivity Testing, Hydrogen Breath Test, Body Composition Analysis and Blood Tests (C- Reactive Protein, Homocysteine).
Physical Therapy: CFS may stem from an injury, poor posture, muscle imbalances or weak core muscles. The focus of physical therapy is on pain relief, healing, improving body mechanics, restoring function and movement. This is accomplished with a customized CFS treatment program, generally beginning with passive physical therapy to relax the body. Therapy may include massage, heat or cold therapies, hydrotherapy, electric muscle stimulation (reduces muscle spasms and releases endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers) and ultrasound (helps reduce muscle spasms, inflammation, stiffness and pain). As pain is reduced and function improves, active physical therapy will be incorporated to address core stability, flexibility, strength and joint movement. It may include Core Stability (strong core muscles help back muscles support the spine), Muscle Flexibility and Strengthening (to lengthen and strengthen muscles, improve range-of-motion and joint movement). Active physical therapy helps strengthen the body and may prevent further discomfort.
Yes, exercise is in your future! Exercise is an important goal for CFS patients. But, for many… the mere sound of the word, “exercise” makes them cringe! That is why, our physical therapists have developed a gradient exercise program. Very small steps forward, slowly lead to larger steps and ultimately, to being able to maintain a moderate exercise program. We know your pain is real… we know your recovery will happen… with small, consistent steps forward!
Chiropractic: Structural balance impacts the nervous system. It is facilitated through chiropractic adjustments or manipulation. To restore spinal balance safely and comfortably to those patients in pain, we offer low-force activator adjustments (uses a small tool which delivers a light and a pain-free measured force to correct misalignments) and the non-force (SOT) Sacro-Occipital Technique (padded blocks are placed under the patient in the pelvic area, which allow the body to adjust itself).
The nervous system is the master system in the body – controlling and coordinating all other systems (respiratory, digestive, muscular, immune, etc.) The goal of chiropractic is to remove any disruptions or distortions of this energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments (subluxations). Chiropractors are trained to locate these subluxations and then remove them, thus restoring the normal flow of nerve energy. If the nervous system is healthy and functioning properly, then the other systems under properly. At our Clinic, patients find that simple adjustments to the neck and spine significantly reduce their pain and allow their body to function on a normal level.
Herbal Remedies: Sleep disorders are a typical CFS symptom, and herbal remedies (chamomile, kava kava, and valerian, to name a few) may provide a restful night’s sleep. Herbal alternatives for pain include evening primrose, ginger, and white willow bark. Lemon balm may help ease chronic fatigue and stress, while eucalyptus may relax tired muscles.
Lifestyle Recommendations: It is necessary to change or modify activities that cause pain, alter the home and work areas, maintain proper posture while standing, sitting or sleeping and wear comfortable and supportive shoes, when seeking CFS relief.
A healthy body that receives proper nutrition, moderate exercise and rest should not feel tired for any extended period of time! Fatigue is not part of the aging process, menopause or an active life. At the AIMS Clinic, we screen for health, as well as structural, muscular and chemical imbalances. If you are looking for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Doctors or a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet… we can help. Stop wasting time, stop suffering! An accurate CFS diagnosis is available at our CFS Center in NJ. Discover our innovative treatment program and find relief for your chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.
Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation. Our goal is to provide the most advanced and compassionate pain relief. Our Team of Experts and friendly staff at your local East Brunswick, NJ AIMS Clinic, will help you reduce or eliminate pain and improve function. As our patient, we will teach you how to regain your health with our revolutionary new treatment program.