Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromialgia, have been connected to an underlying infection, that was never treated. Such as Lymes disease, Epstein barr, (the virus that causes mono), cytomeglavirus, among many others. The bodies immune system has been fighting this infection for so long that it finally just gives up. The infection can settle into any of the bodies organs. The lungs, joints, skin, heart or brain, it can be one organ, or none, it can manifest itself, or go into remission.
It usually is made worse with chronic stress, a sudden life change, such as divorce or death of a loved one. Because those life stresses take so much out of us, or we don't take care of ourselves during this time.
The symptoms are so varied between each person it is a very hard to diagnose, and treat. And many times is overlooked, and seen as just the flu, as often times thats how it started.
If it is Lymes, it usually runs in a cycle of every 4 weeks, run a low grade fever, upon rising body temp. is low, and gradually rises during the day. The only way it can be detected is if it is active, usually shows up as a negative reading, because it may only be in the joints, and not the blood. Or your immune system no longer sends out anti bodies against it, (thats how they detect infection). because it has just given up, or is completely depleted.
If you've ever had mono, then you know what that feels like. Just walking to the bath room and back, totally wears you out, and you stay that way until it goes away, or into remission. Thats CFS.
Fibromyalgia, is characterized by painful pressure points, insomnia, pain, stiffness, anxiety, and depression. My mother had this, it was so bad it hurt to hug her.
Anti biotics, and anti virals, are usually useless if it has reached this point.
A life style change may be the only option, as well as impliminenting Holistic Medicine. Among the anti infectives are: Oil of oregano, olive leaf, garlic, caprylic acid, and grapefruit seed extract.
Many of these patients have a mixed infection, meaning: it is a group of infections, and ailments.
Leaky gut syndrome, malabsorption syndrome, underlying infection, insomnia, anxiety, depression, hypoglycemia, low thyroid function, depression, difficulty in concentration, and most of all pain. Usually in the joints, or muscles.
Dr Teitelbaum, is the doctor for CFS, or Fibro, I would venture to guess his protocol would help the lupus patient as well.
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