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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day

We all know what being tired feels like. Now imagine feeling exhausted day in and day out. That's what Sandra Honeycutt faces, as she has been living with chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, for the past five years. Symptoms of CFS include severe fatigue, headaches, and joint pain. There is no cure for CFS, so to cope with the disorder Honeycutt relies on energy supplements. Between one and four million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. It's hard to come up with an exact number, because experts say it's often misdiagnosed. Honeycutt says she wants others to understand this debilitating disorder. "Chronic fatigue is a real illness, it is a real problem. There are a lot of people out there like me who have it, who are frustrated and just trying get through one day at a time,” Sandra said. Sandra Honeycutt wrote us a letter last week, on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day, letting us know her wish to raise awareness. The Center for Disease Control says Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is most common in women in their 40’s and 50’s.

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I had the most success with Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum's book "From Fatigued to Fantastic". He is a doctor who got the illness and has devoted his career to treating CFS. In the book he lists helpful supplements. His line of products are "Enzymatic Therapy". They are now available locally in Lovey's and his probiotics are in Wal-Mart. In the past I had to order on-line or get them in Charlotte. I went to his web-site and found a doctor in Charlotte (Dr. George L. Gaunt)who had Teitelbaum's advanced training. If you start supplementation you have to continually be monitored so you do not overdose. Insurance doesn't typically pay for the treatments either so it gets expensive. Other states cover it but North Carolina (my blue cross) cut out most coverage. There is another doctor Charles Lapp (I think) is his name. He has a practice in Charlotte as well. No one I have found so far near by. I am planning to see a doctor in Greenville, Dr. Edward Treadwell who is Professor of Medicine in Rheumatology and Immunology at the Brody School of Medicine. He teaches and has a fibromyalgia clinic. I do not know yet if he will be any help. Still waiting on my doctor to make the referral...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I've suffered from CFS for almost 20 yrs. and I still hold out hope that someday, hopefully in my lifetime, a cure will be found. More research, more awareness and more money needs to be devoted to this illness, however, in order for that to happen. CFS is an extremely debilitating illness that affects millions worldwide.

Chronic fatigue

I have this and would have loved if the article had included what the energy supplements that can be taken are..