Low Level Light Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Relief for CFS and the symptoms associated.
As a physician, I have found that one of the most common symptoms reported to me by my patients is fatigue. Fatigue is associated with many underlying medical conditions, including the following: hypothyroidism, anemia, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, allergy, diabetes, and others. In contrast to fatigue caused by underlying illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a condition which results in severe on-going fatigue in which there is no underlying medical condition to explain the relentless quality of fatigue experienced by the individual (although a medical event, such as a virus or vaccine, may be implicated in triggering this condition).
The hallmark of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is fatigue that is so pervasive that it interferes with daily function. In addition, individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome often do not feel refreshed after a night’s sleep. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is truly a debilitating disorder because it markedly affects quality of life. This syndrome often strikes individuals in the prime of their lives; in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s (although it can occur as early as adolescence). Many individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome become frustrated because this condition is often relentless and many of the traditional medical modalities which are utilized to treat this condition are often ineffective and associated with side effects.
Triggers: The exact cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has not been fully established, however the following medical conditions have been postulated to be associated with triggering this syndrome:
- long-lasting infections, especially viral (such as Epstein-Barr)
- vaccine exposure
- sympathetic nervous system overdrive (imbalance of the autonomic nervous system)
- reduced responsivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
- chronic inflammation/chronic inflammatory conditions (such as irritable bowel syndrome)
If you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, then Low Level Light Therapy (Cold Laser) may be effectively utilized to treat your symptoms. Many of the symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are relatively refractory to traditional medical modalities, however, because Low Level Light Therapy diminishes inflammation in your body, the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are often significantly ameliorated using this treatment (without the side effects associated with many medications prescribed for this condition).
In particular, Low Level Light Therapy may be useful in restoring normal sleep/wake cycles, improving energy level, alleviating muscle and joint pains, improving concentration, and aiding in digestion. If you have any questions concerning how Low Level Light Therapy may be useful in treating your Chronic Fatigue symptoms, then please feel free to call me (Dr. Candice Perkins) for a free phone consultation at (631) 418-5606
There are other symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome besides the fatigue itself. These symptoms include:
- loss of memory/concentration
- muscle pain (myalgia)
- joint pain (arthralgia)
- frequent headaches
- swollen lymph nodes
- sore throat
- hypersensitivity to even a limited amount of exercise (individuals can feel physically ill after exercise)
- hypersensitivity to light, sound, food, and/or emotions
- hypersensitivity to touch
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