Dr Oz: New Name For Chronic Fatigue
Dr Oz shared that a lot of doctors question chronic fatigue syndrome and wonder if it even truly exists. It’s a condition that affects millions of women and for the first time, the government is recognizing the illness and redefining the entire disease. He was joined by Dr Jennifer Cuadle, who said that it’s big news because it shows that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is real and now the Institute of Medicine has proposed a new name for it: Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disorder.
Dr Caudle said it better reflect what is really happening because patients complain of being so tired that they can’t perform daily functions and now there is criteria for diagnosing the condition. Dr Caudle shared that she’s been skeptical herself in the past, but now it’s definitely real.
Dr Oz: Do You Have Chronic Fatigue?
Dr Oz explained that there are five questions you can answer to determine if this disorder could be to blame for your exhaustion.
The first question is: “Do you have profound unexplained fatigue that has lasted for at least 6 months?” Profound fatigue means you’re absolutely wiped out and activities are taking way longer than they should.
The second question is: “Do simple things like climbing a a flight of stairs exhaust you?”
Third, “Do you have unrefreshing sleep?” Dr Caudle said to imagine sleeping for 10 hours and waking feeling like you’ve only slept for 10 minutes.
Fourth, “Do you have a hard time focusing or feel brain fog?”
Lastly, the fifth question is: “Does standing for a short period of time make you feel even more tired?”
Dr Oz: Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disorder
Dr Caudle said if you’ve answered yes to four out of five of the questions, then you’re likely suffering from this disorder. Dr Oz and Dr Caudle then talked to a woman who suffers from the disorder, who shared that her doctors told her she was crazy and even tried putting her on various medications. She said as a woman, she felt like she was crazy and was even told to go on anti-anxiety medications. She saw all kinds of specialists and even had blood work done.
Dr Ian Lipkin shared that they’ve been looking at the disorder since 1997, and most people who had the problems were not diagnosed for several years. He said there really weren’t any good diagnostic tests, so they’ve been trying to discover certain markers so that the patient is easily identifiable.
Dr Lipkin said they’re trying to come up with a way to readily diagnose the patient as well as get insights into why people become ill. He said they think it’s likely to be an infectious disorder coming from something that is set off in our immune system.
Dr Oz: Chronic Fatigue Research
Dr Lipkin said people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome feel like they’re ill, so they’re trying to find out what may trigger it by looking in the blood, in the mouth, and in the lower GI tract for bacteria and viruses that may result in the abnormalities in the immune system that may make you feel that way.
Dr Oz said women are often ignored with legitimate problems that doctors struggle to diagnose. Dr Caudle said if someone is suffering, she likes to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes along with the condition. She said it’s important to pace yourself. She said if you’re suffering she suggested the “not to-do list,” which is a prescription to slow down. She said you should choose fewer things to work on and focus on those, rather than trying to tackle a bunch of different things.