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26 Jul 2005

YUPPIE FLU
Yuppie (y) Flu, what are the symptoms and how can one get rid of it?
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CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

Mush, most experts these days say that yuppie flu or chronic fatigue syndrome doesn’t exist. They feel that in 99% of people with chronic fatigue, a cause other than chronic fatigue syndrome can be found or that no reasons to believe that it is chronic fatigue syndrome can be found. It is now recommended that a whole battery of tests be done. These tests include a full blood count, Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate, ALT, total protein, albumin, alkaline phosphatase, calcium, phosphate, glucose, blood urea nitrogen, electrolytes, thyroid stimulating hormone and a urinalysis. If all these tests come up negative, the diagnosis is made and reviewed every 6 months. The bad news is that no treatment has been proven to be 100% effective, but the good news is that full recovery is eventually possible in almost all cases.
At this stage the topic of discussion is not what treatments should be used, but whether this diagnosis isn’t used as a “waste basket” diagnosis and that a lot of people are diagnosed with it due to a lack of insight/knowledge on the doctor’s part. Nobody doubts that some people suffer from severe chronic fatigue; it’s just that the incidence of chronic fatigue syndrome seems to be much lower than what was originally thought. When it comes to suffering from this problem for longer than 6 months, the incidence is even lower.
My advice would be to see a good specialist physician and have him help you sort it out. Good luck.
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