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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) affects many thousands of people of all types and ages.

The symptoms of both CFS and ME include:

  • debilitating low energy levels
  • painful muscles and joints
  • disordered sleep
  • gastric disturbances
  • poor memory and concentration
  • neuropsychological complaints
  • painful lymph nodes
  • prolonged fatigue after exercise

How Breakspear Medical Group can help with chronic fatigue and myalgic encephalomyelitis

Breakspear has always had a policy of identifying causes and then offering treatment.

With our chronic fatigue patients, we search for infectious agents such as Epstein-Barr virus, Parvovirus B19 and bacterial, rickettsial and parasitic organisms using a variety of tests and laboratories.

The treatments the clinic offers are anti-viral treatments, high-dose gamma globulin to treat Parvovirus and complex treatments for rickettsial and bacterial disease. We also use hyperthermia treatment to simulate the pyrexia of illness and support nutrition. Where people with CFS and/or ME have developed intolerances to foods, these are also recognised and treated using antigen-specific, low-dose immunotherapy.

At Breakspear Medical Group, we have found that the basis of prolonged ill health in CFS or ME involves "cytokine shift". In this condition the protein messengers between cells (cytokines) work together to cause allergy and increased reactivity by a mechanism involving antibodies instead of the normal activity against infectious agents, such as viruses. This is a cytokine shift from a "TH1" to a "TH2" pattern.

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