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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects approximately about 17-24 million people in the world currently. CFS is hard to diagnose and the cause of it remains a mystery to researchers. It Is said that CFS is usually brought on suddenly by a flu like infection or an extreme event of physical or psychological trauma. The cells in patients with CFS have a hard time making energy. Currently there is no way for a doctor to diagnosis CFS with laboratory test or procedure they must make a diagnosis based on the patient’s symptoms and if they have lasted 6 months or more.

Symptoms

To be diagnosed with CFS you must have 4 of the symptoms listed below for at least 6 months to be properly diagnosed.

1. Sore throat

2. Difficulty with concentration or short-term memory

3. Sore-to-the-touch lymph nodes

4. Muscle pain

5. Pain in more than one joint, but without redness or swelling

6. Unusual (for you) headaches

7. Sleep that fails to rejuvenate you

8. A feeling of being more unwell than usual — called malaise — for about 24 hours after exercise

Causes

Although researchers cannot pinpoint an exact cause there are some commonly agreed causes that may cause CFS. Below we will list the different commonly agreed upon causes.

* Trauma. The stress related to surviving a traumatic event has been identified as a possible contributing factor in CFS

* Genetics. The inherited risks from genetics has been linked to a higher risk of CFS

* Infections. Some viruses have been linked to CFS and they include types of herpes, retrovirus and Epstein Barr Virus

* Neuroendocrinology. A complex interaction between neurotransmitters and hormones could be at the root of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Chronic Tiredness

People who are affected by CFS are often chronically tired and therefore may experience a loss in friends due to not being able to do the things others can do. This chronic tiredness can lead to the everyday actions very hard to complete. This can include taking a shower, brushing their teeth, and other daily self-care habits.

Depression

Many patients who are diagnosed with CFS are also diagnosed with depression because how the disease affects your mental health. CFS is often referred to an invisible disease because it is often unseen. The loss of being able to do the normal day to day things and always being fatigued has a profound effect on one’s mental condition.

Exercising

One of the biggest things that people effected with CFS will have to deal with is the way that they can exercise. Exercising with CFS can lead to extreme tiredness for 24 or 48 hours post exercising. Patients may have been going to the gym 5-7 days per week before being affected by CFS but now they will have a hard time going every few days. The intensity of the exercise will have to be adjusted as well because it can severely affect the patient for days after the workout.

Working

Some cases have led to individuals not being able to work with CFS. With memory loss and concentration issues it takes them a lot longer to complete tasks. Also, with the chronic lethargies it will be very hard for patients to wake up and get ready to work and have to work for an extended amount of time.

Getting a cold is never fun and sometimes the recovery time for a cold is seven to ten days normally. So many ask what they can do to get over a cold as fast as possible and get back out in the world. Every person’s immune system is different here are some helpful tips to recovering and getting over a cold.

Hydration

A lot of times during a cold your body may lose a lot of fluids due to many reasons. This loss of fluids can lead to dehydration which can lead to more serious issues then just a cold. Here are some ways to stay hydrated during a cold.

If your throat is sore or you have a hard time swallowing you can eat ice chips and ice pops. Pedialyte although made for children has ice pops that when ingested will help rehydrate and keep you hydrated. The coldness of the ice may help and soothe your sore throat as well.

Drinking or eating clear broth soups can help rehydrate you and replace some of those much-needed electrolytes in your body. In some recent research it has shown that clear broth can help with inflammation. Clear broth can be bought at the store in different varieties or simply buy bouillon cubes and add hot water to make your own.

Simply drinking water with lemon weather, it is hot or cold will help loosen up congestion as well as keep you hydrated. Lemon contains a lot of vitamin C which may make the cold last slightly shorter than it normally would.

Some things that you do not need are sports drinks, fruit juices, coffee, ginger ale and definitely not alcohol. Sports drinks help when you are extremely dehydrated, but they do not make you feel much better in the grand scheme of things.

Rest and Relaxation

One of the best ways to recover from a cold is to simply rest. In today’s world society likes to drive us more and more and sometimes we get so caught up in the rat race that we lose sight of our health and we prolong our sickness. When we do not get enough rest especially when we are sick then we worsen our immune system and our recovery time takes much longer.

Relaxation can come in many forms and one can be taking a hot shower. Breathing in the steam produced by a hot shower can aid your scratchy or sore throat with much needed moisture. Taking a hot shower can also help with those sore muscle aches that you may be experiencing.

Going to bed on time and taking regular naps when your sick can help build up your immune system as well as shorten your recovery time that is needed to get back to feeling healthy and full again. To help with sinus pressure and help you breathe while sleeping add an extra pillow under your head. This will aid in the drainage as well of the congestion and give you some restful sleep.

Conclusion

With rest and relaxation as well as keeping your body hydrated during and shortly after your cold can help you bounce back to better than you were before. During this time the main thing will be rest and if

you can it is definitely advisable to put your daily routine on hold as well as take some sick days from school and work to help you recover quicker and in turn losing less time at work and school in the long run.

How Can we help you?

The body will struggle to heal if you don’t allow the nervous system to calm down. With MPS therapy, we rebalance your nervous system, boost your body’s immunity points, increase parasympathetic activity (calming/healing system) and reduce the stressors to your nervous system. Let us help you if you have been struggling with getting better over a cold. You deserve to be healthy and enjoy life.

Migraines are more than just a headache and they are actually very complex. The simple definition of a migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision. A migraine attack can last from 4 to 72 hours and the symptoms can be different from person to person. The most common migraines will fall into one of two categories migraine with aura and migraine without aura. Each migraine is unique to the person experiencing it and no two are the same.

Migraine with Aura

A migraine with aura is used to describe a neurological symptom of a migraine and the most common are visual disturbances. Some rarer forms of migraines with aura are migraine with brainstem aura which will present double vision, loss of balance and possible fainting. Familial hemiplegic migraine is also a migraine with aura and will present with reversible paralysis. Some of the symptoms that occur with migraines with aura are listed below.

* Temporary blindness

* Colored spots

* Seeing sparkles or stars

* Blind spots in the field of eyesight

* Zig zag lines

* Tunnel vision

* Numbness and tingling

* Pins and needles in the arms or legs.

* Weakness on one side of the body

Migraine Without Aura

Around 70% – 90% of people who experience migraines experience this type of migraine. The headache will normally be on one side of the head with a pulsating or throbbing pain that can affect your normal daily life. When you walk, climb stairs or exercise the pain can become much more intense. During a migraine without aura you will most likely vomit or have diarrhea. You may experience sensitive to light and or sound.

Living with Migraines

Living with migraines can become very difficult because how they affect not only your head but can affect you whole body. Making the simplest of plans can become daunting because you never know when an attack may come. The migraines can affect your personal life and family life as some sufferers have reported that they have had a negative relationship with their children due to the migraines. Missing work because of the migraine can also have an affect on being able to hold reliable and steady employment. The migraines can be so severe that normal every day tasks such as showering and personal care can become impossible to do.

Migraines are so severe they can affect a person’s personal life. When an individual has a migraine most of the time the whole family suffers in some fashion. Often times this can lead to guilt on the sufferer of the migraine because they can see how it becomes burdensome on the entire family. The lack of physical intimacy due to migraines can also have a huge impact on the persons relationship with their partner. The migraines make the person more annoyed and they get angry a lot easier when they

experience a migraine. Overall the effects of migraines on the whole family unit boil down to the lack of intimacy, inability to participate in family activities and reduced quality time with families.

With winter coming to a close the beautiful bounty of spring is upon us. Spring is often touted as the rebirth of the 4 seasons. Often spring cleaning comes to mind when people start thinking about spring. Out with the old and in with the new. But other than spring cleaning what other things can we do to prepare for spring? Let us look at some ways to get ready for spring in your garden, your body and your house.

Garden

Spring is literally the rebirth after winter and the animals start giving birth as well as our gardens come back to life with vibrant colors and magical smells. Let us look at cleanup, prepping and planning.

With your garden laying dormant during the past 2 seasons there may be some debris left around such as branches, leaves, and other things that do not belong there. If your garden is already established this should be done quickly to make sure the bulbs that will sprout will be free and clear to do so and nothing will be in their way.

Now is the time to start prepping the gardening tools so that when spring comes you will be well prepared. Clean your tools with some soap and water as well as check your wooden handles for any splits or cracks that may break when the season appears. Quick tip is to use mineral spirits on your wooden handles to help keep the wood from splintering.

Make a plan for your garden if you have fresh plants to plant. Layout where you would like to plant different flowers and vegetables. If you are trying new plants or vegetables consult your local nursery and local experts what is best for your area.

Body

Coming out of winter can really have some harsh effects on your body, mind and soul so take some of these tips to defrost and get ready for spring.

One of the fastest ways to clear endorphins and hormones and get ready for spring is by stepping up your work out game. Working out does wonders for your mood and body but one thing to always keep in mind is to always consult a doctor first. Working out could be simply taking more walks, going to the gym or pulling up your favorite workout on YouTube.

To help alkaline your body start with some lemon water this will help improve your digestion as well as stimulate the liver. Also kick up the intake of your fresh vegetables during this time as spring approaches there will be more fresh vegetables and fruits available at your local markets. Vegetables and fruit make a great daytime snack as well as compliment many meals.

Home

Time to get your home ready for the spring. Whether you love it or hate it spring cleaning is upon us. But it does not have to be bad it can be fun and help others.

Changing from winter to spring it will be time to change your wardrobe. So, it is time to clean out those closets. If you cannot remember the last time you wore it then it needs to go. Do this for all your closets

in your house. Also, this is a great time to organize your storage closets to make everything nice and neat.

When your done cleaning out your closets just do not throw those unused items away upcycle them. Donate them to others and charities to people in need. Also, you may be able to turn some of it into extra cash at local shops and boutiques that will take things on consignment.

Spring is an amazing season and prepares us for the summer. There may be an overwhelming sense of things to do. But prioritize what means the most in your life and work on that as that will make you the happiest and ready for spring.

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