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Boek Rosamund Vallings:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / M.E. -

Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management







Chronic Fatigue Syndrome M.E.

Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management


Auteur: Dr. Rosamund Vallings

ISBN: 978-1-877429-02-3

Uitgever: Calico Publishing

Verschijningsdatum: augustus 2012








Over het boek:


Health, energy and vitality are the holy grails of the twenty first century. We hear endlessly about how best to maximise health and wellbeing, but what if those things are elusive for some because they have an illness called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or, as it is also known, ME.


More than 20,000 New Zealanders are afflicted with CFS/ME and potentially many more go undiagnosed; either through ignorance or prejudice. Seemingly a relatively new illness, CFS/ME has actually been around since an­cient times and was first recognised by a Babylonian philosopher as early as the eighteenth century BC. However, until quite recently CFS/ME had no fixed label, so it is hardly surprising that the illness was mired in misunderstanding and perceived as a 'cop out' illness.


However, thanks to research and better diagnostics, we now know that CFS/ME is usually triggered by infection, that the average age of onset is 18 to 35 and that 85 percent of sufferers experienced physical or emotional stress prior to diagnosis. CFS/ME is a complex disease with many symptoms, the main ones being severe fatigue, muscle pain, brain fog and inability to exercise. Those who contract it are frequently busy, active, high-achievers; many top sportspeople have succumbed to the illness.


Dr Rosamund Vallings has been working with patients suffering with CFS/ME for more than 40 years, having first encountered it in the UK when she was a junior doctor. She has since made it her life's work and is not only a pioneer in the field but an internationally recognised expert. Her book is a distillation of her vast experience as a doctor diagnosing and treating the condition and is the only up-to-the-minute, comprehensive overview of the diagnosis, treat­ment and management of CFS/ME. Significantly, it also includes the latest diagnostic guidelines for CFS/ME, which have just been published (June 2012).


Vallings' book is an invaluable resource for CFS/ME patients, their family, friends and colleagues, and health professionals. Vallings takes the reader on a journey from diagnosis to the impact of CFS/ME on the body, and how best to manage and live with the illness, including: stress and pain management, taking exercise, optimising sleep and nutrition, medication and alternative therapies, and coping with depression. Her wisdom and experience offer comfort and hope, and her insights make a significant contribution to the on-going conversation around CFS/ME.


Dr Rosamund Vallings is a leading specialist in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS/ME and has been helping those with this condition for more than 40 years. In 2008, she was awarded Membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She lives in Clevedon with her husband.







by Professor Warren P. Tate, FRSNZ, CNZM




How to Use This Book


Part One: What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME?


1 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME: What's in a Name?

2 Symptoms, Diagnosis and Initial Management 26


Part Two: The Body and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME


3 The Immune System

4 The Blood

5 The Musculoskeletal System

6 The Brain

7 The Eye

8 The Endocrine System

9 The Circulatory System

10 The Respiratory System

11 The Ear, Nose and Throat

12 The Mouth and Teeth

13 The Gastrointestinal Tract

14 The Liver

15 The Kidneys and Urinary Tract

16 The Skin, Hair and Nails

17 The Reproductive System


Part Three: Managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME


18 Stress Management

19 Exercise

20 Nutrition

21 Pain

22 Headaches

23 Sleep

24 Depression

25 Medication

26 Alternative Therapies

27 Managing Relapses


Part Four: Stages of Life and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME


28 Young People with CFS/ME

29 CFS/ME and Starting a Family

30 Ageing with CFS/ME


Part Five: Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME


31 When No One Believes You Are Ill

32 The Doctor–Patient Relationship

33 Surgery and CFS/ME

34 Friends and Family

35 Your Surroundings and the Environment

36 Employment and Work

37 Money Matters

38 Holidays and Travel

39 Dealing with Special Occasions

40 Getting the Balance Right




Appendix 1:

International Consensus Criteria


Appendix 2:

CFS/ME Contacts around the World


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