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Extreme fatique and AMP
Posted by: Elsie
Date: August 19, 2004 5:50 PM

I am a 56 y/o female who feels tired all the time. Until approximately three to four years ago I was in good health with adequate if not excessive energy. My fatique has gotten worse and worse with brief periods of energy only in the early mornings. My energy level seems to decrease as the day goes by. I have a annual physical and was told by my health care provider after my last examination that blood work had tested positive (she did explain there are no "absolute" tests) for chronic fatique syndrome. She told me that there is no known treatment for this condition. I recently (two weeks ago) had a second episode of shingles which I understand comes about because of stress or lowered immune system or a combination of the two. My job is very stressful and if feeling tired indicates a decreased immune system, then I have that also. I have been told by several people that injections of adenosine monophosphate (AMP) and vitamins are helpful in the treatment of shingles and CSF. Do you have information about this and what drug company Manufactures AMP?

RE: Extreme fatique and AMP
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 19, 2004 10:41 PM

Chronic fatigue syndrome is not a real diagnosis, rather a description of what a person is complaining about (been tired for a long time = chronic fatigue). In order to properly treat any condition a correct diagnosis is required. Despite medical dogma, useful diagnoses are not arrived at by adding up symptoms and looking in a silly book full of code numbers. As yet, I have not yet seen a case of so-called chronic fatigue which cannot be successfully treated, but diagnosis is critically important. Various toxic conditions including organic toxins (such as pesticides) and metal toxicity, digestive dysfunctions, chronic hidden infections and the procoagulant syndrome, to name only a few, are all commonly referred to as "CFS" or "CFIDS" (chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome) because all those people are tired all the time and their immune systems are usually depressed from the primary cause of the tiredness. AMP is a temporary treatment for fatigue and it has to be injected - not a good choice for fatigue, although it does have other uses. It sounds like you have been listening to a "Dean Edel doctor" who parrots the party line as it was presented in medical schools about 15 years ago. You need a real doctor. You may have to pay for it out of pocket as docs who think for themselves are not commonly found on socialized medicine (HMO and insurance preferred provider) lists, but you will be much happier with the outcome. Start by clicking of Find A Doctor - the yellow tab above.



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