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Tuesday 09, Jun 2009

  Chronic fatigue syndrome patients can benefit from low doses of steroids

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Chronic fatigue syndrome patients can benefit from low doses of steroidsLow doses of hydrocortisone (steroid) can bring slight improvements in some chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) symptoms but that will pose a risk to induce adrenal suppression, as per researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Stephen E. Straus, M.D., Chief of the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at NIAID and Senior Author on the study commented that the kind of suppression in context of the steroid is justified for CFS treatment.

Though the side-effects were found to be risky, there have been perceptions in the medical world that this may be just the perfect launchpad for treating patients with chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.

Strauss commented that his team is further testing fludrocortisone in 100 patients with CFS and neurally mediated hypotension so that even the risk of adrenal suppression is eliminated.

Thursday 21, May 2009

  Boosting Cortisol Levels Benefits CFS And Fibromyalgia Patients

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Boosting Cortisol Levels Benefits CFS And Fibromyalgia PatientsA California doctor had claimed that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia can be treated by boosting stress hormone cortisol with low doses of hydrocortisone. According to Dr. Kent Holtorf, the treatment offers great health benefits with less risk, compared to other treatments for the two conditions.

Doctor Holtorf believes that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have low levels of steroid hormone cortisol. These conditions are due to dysfunction in a brain system that regulates response to stress, known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Based on the experiment conducted by Dr. Holtorf, the treatment showed that significant percentage of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia patients have improved. However, some patients also experienced side effects especially those administered with higher steroid doses.