Klinik Mehlsen

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)

CFS/ME is a serious condition that significantly reduces the ability of coping with daily activities and reduces the quality of life of those affected. CFS may also be referred to as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).

It is a diagnostic requirement that the impaired ability to work, exercise and cope with daily chores is new and has lasted for at least 6 months. The main symptoms are severe fatigue - not improved by rest, worsening of the condition by physical or mental stress (post-exertional malaise (PEM)) and poor sleep quality. The primary diagnostic criteria for CFS/ME - fatigue, tiredness and poor sleep - are often accompanied by decreased ability to focus and concentrate and by loss of memory (cognitive dysfunction), as well as dizziness, nausea, headache and reduced muscle strength in the upright position (orthostatic intolerance). There are also many who suffer from constipation or diarrhea, abdominal pain (irritable bowel disease), of muscle pain, frequent headaches, multiple joint pain, and tender and swollen lymph nodes.

The condition may have different expressions from minor to very debilitating symptoms and often symptoms fluctuate over time. There are no known curative treatments at this time, but the symptoms can be alleviated through different therapies.

Currently, a number of studies are being carried out to elucidate the disease mechanisms, and granting authorities – in particular in the US - have focused on supporting this research. We do our own research and closely follow that by others and hope that the examination of the disease mechanisms will lead to more and better treatment options.

The clinic offers evaluation and assessment of symptoms as well as individual treatment in order to obtain reduction in symptoms and hopefully recovery. We use medical treatment, careful rehabilitation, dietary advice and dietary supplements, and counsel on how daily activities can be adapted.

First consultation is expected to last up to 1½ hours. For patients visiting from other countries, we try to do a full work-up within 36 hours as explained further under the heading “Prices and Content”. Typically, follow-up visits will be required at intervals of 2-4 months and these can be conducted through en encrypted SKYPE-connection.