ME-CFS Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue-Syndrome (ME-CFS)

ME-CFS Myalgische Enzephalomyelitis / Chronisches Fatigue-Syndrom (ME-CFS)

ME-CFS stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME-CFS), and it is a complex multisystemic condition characterized by persistent and severe fatigue. ME-CFS is also referred to as post-infectious fatigue syndrome, as it often becomes apparent after experiencing infections. Long COVID is also associated with ME-CFS.

Symptoms of ME-CFS

ME-CFS is diagnosed when fatigue persists for longer than 6 months. Typical symptoms of ME-CFS include:

  • Profound fatigue and tiredness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Joint and muscle pain, as well as headaches
  • Cognitive impairments, such as concentration or memory problems
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Blood pressure dysregulation, weakness, and dizziness

All these symptoms significantly worsen with physical and mental exertion.

Cause of ME-CFS

There are indications that ME-CFS may be a type of autoimmune disease where autoantibodies attack the body. The immune system is disrupted by a prior infection, such as EBV or COVID-19, and its function is impaired. Infections can persist chronically and disturb the balance of the immune system. Micronutrient deficiencies and hidden inflammation in the body (silent inflammation) can further intensify the symptoms.

Therapy for ME-CFS

In addition to targeted symptom relief, it is essential to consider causal factors. The following therapies appear to have positive effects on ME-CFS:

  • INUSpheresis
  • Ozone therapy
  • Gut rehabilitation
  • Hyperthermia
  • Individual administration of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements

Dr. med. Karsten Ostermann M.A.

In ME-CFS, the focus should be on strengthening the body and balancing the immune system. A cause-oriented diagnosis forms the basis of the therapy.

Dr. Karsten Ostermann

Further information

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