Both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue have similar degrees of overlap in that many individuals have elements of each condition, which refers to a chronic and disabling state of fatigue that is ongoing for several months. Fibromyalgia also has a component of a chronic unrelenting pain and inflammation cycle occurring over certain predictable areas of anatomical distribution. Unfortunately, the conventional medical model for fibromyalgia treatment does not target the root cause but rather takes a somewhat limited directive of symptomatic treatment. Therefore, very often many patients are advised that there really is no cure other than symptom management to improve well-being, such as anti-inflammatory medication for pain, mood enhancement medication to decrease melancholia (antidepressants), and the list goes on. While these approaches are essential and helpful to maintain stability and overall functional day-to-day status, they do not, however, get at the root causes which are often multifactorial but will generally include the endocrine system, the immune system, nutritional status, etc.
Very often, the medical history of individuals with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue includes an experience of a significant cold or flu-like symptom or infection of some kind after which they never were able to recuperate back to their overall more optimal state of health. Frequently, these individuals will have laboratory evidence of chronic infections, including viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or mixed infections. A more specialized, in-depth diagnostic approach is required in these cases. In addition, many patients will have deficiencies of various micronutrients, including magnesium, zinc, potassium, and so forth. Also, endocrine dysfunction is common even in younger individuals. Deficiencies of growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA, and others hormones are almost always present.
Therefore, the most successful approach to CFS and Fibromyalgia treatment is adjunctive treatment of the underlying conditions in a more global effort to synergistically put all the pieces together. It is through this more balanced approach that an individual is able to scale to higher levels of well-being. For many people, that climb can be fairly rapid; for others who are more highly sensitive, it can be a slower pace. However, the consistency across the board is many individuals can improve dramatically.