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The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & hyperventilation

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By AU - Bazelmans E, Bleijenberg G, Vercoulen JH, van der Meer JW, Folgering • www.ProHealth.com • October 12, 1997


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by severe fatigue,
lasting for at least 6 months, for which no somatic
explanation can be found. Because hyperventilation can produce
substantial fatigue, it seems worthwhile to investigate the
relationship between it and CFS. It might be hypothesized that
hyperventilation plays a causal or perpetuating role in CFS.
CFS patients, non-CFS patients known to experience
hyperventilation, and healthy controls were compared on
complaints of fatigue and hyperventilation. CFS patients and
non-CFS patients known to experience hyperventilation offered
substantial complaints of fatigue and hyperventilation, both
to a similar degree. Physiological evidence of
hyperventilation was found significantly more often in CFS
patients than in healthy controls. However, no significant
differences between CFS patients with and CFS patients without
hyperventilation were found on severity of fatigue,
impairment, number of complaints, activity level,
psychopathology, and depression. It is concluded that
hyperventilation in CFS should probably be regarded as an
epiphenomenon.




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