Chronic Fatigue is often seen as an ambiguous and incurable disorder; some even classify it as an imaginary illness. The research regarding this disorder has been surface in nature for the most part. A few research studies on Chronic Fatigue have been very well done, but these studies were not on the news or in the local paper for reasons unknown.
The most promising study so far was done by and associated with the assistance of doctors J. Teitelbaum , B. Bird, R. Greenfield , A. Weiss, L. Muenz and L. Gould. The majority of the study being devised by Dr. Teitelbaum, director of The Annapolis Center For Effective CFS/Fibromyalgia (FMS) Therapies. The study was double blind placebo randomized and was published in The American Journal of Pain Management & Journal Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Volume 8, Issue 2 - 2001.
The study was done in ordered steps. The first step was to test for gastrointestinal parasites, those who tested positive were treated for the parasites, usually with Metronidazole (Flagyl). Many credible studies have found whole body infections are the main cause of CFS; so the second step was to put all patients on a regimen of Doxycyline, which would continue for six months. If flare-ups occurred after initial six-month treatment, antibiotic therapy was resumed in six week blocks. Heparin was often used to increase the effectiveness of the antibiotic therapy because it breaks down blood clots and scar tissues that can protect islands of infection within the body from the antibiotics. The patients who were unresponsive to antibiotics after several weeks were given high doses of Aclyavoir, sighting previous findings that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia patients often suffer from severe infections with herpes virus 6. HHV6 is not an std. Patients were also given anti-fungals once a week to prevent fungus infections due to the antibiotic treatment.
Concurrently with the second stage of treatment, patient's hormone levels were tested and those with deficiencies were given small doses of hormones. Common hormone deficiencies detected were: testosterone, estrogen, cortisone and thyroid hormone.
Also, sleep disturbances were treated because it is known that sleep deprivation greatly blocks immunity functions. The medicines used for sleep induction were carefully chosen because those that encourage light wave sleep are not helpful: deep wave sleep is the healing type of sleep. Some of the Sleeping aids used were: Zolpidem (Ambien), Melatonin, Valerian root, Trazodone(Desyrel) and Amitriptyline (Elavil).
All patients took a multivitamin and magnesium with malic acid as well as iron for anemic persons. Depression was treated with Zoloft or Paxil and Fludrocortisone was given to people with recurrent dizziness upon standing. Patients with dizziness also followed increased sodium diets.
Ninety-one percent of the patients treated in this clinical trial recovered, this is the best outcome of any clinical trial regarding Fibromylagia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ever. None of the patients that received placebo claimed to have recovered. If you would like to start on the regime described in his study (and I suggest you do) a great way would be to print the information about his study and give it to your doctor. Keep trying new doctors until one of them will use Dr. Teitelbaum's protocol.