What are autoimmune diseases?
If someone is suffering from autoimmune diseases, the body’s own immune system attacks its own body’s cells. For example, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, lupus, Crohn’s disease and more are known to have an autoimmune basis.
The cause of those diseases is mostly unknown, which is why the therapy is only symptomatic.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CFS causes severe exhaustion of the body and the mind with involvement of the immune system, the autonomous nerve system (dysautonomia) and many other limitations.
CFS is a huge challenge for the medical world, because there are no typical lab parameters and it is mainly diagnosed through exclusion of other causes.
A clinical case definition and guidelines for medical practitioners
An overview of the canadian consensus document
There is no clear cause, but some CFS patients suffer from neuro-immunological disturbances.
Therapeutic approaches are limited. The most important part is to improve quality of life of CSF patients.
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