Case Study 1:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Nausea and Vomiting
Mickey, 17 year old male
In 2005, Mickey was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus. He began feeling fatigued almost immediately upon diagnosis. He also began to experience mild nausea. He was given courses of treatments, including antibiotics. The fatigue and nausea became almost constant over the next several months. Mickey began to miss school and also began vomiting daily when he woke up, and often several times throughout the day.
Mickey’s mother was referred to my clinic in September 2009 after all other treatments had failed. He had been vomiting EVERY day since 2005. One of the greatest things about Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), is that the major portion of the diagnosis comes from a thorough history. As many people can attest, “something is wrong with me, but all the tests are normal.”
Mickey’s history showed a decline in his adrenal gland function (Hypoadrenia). There is another article posted called “Adrenal Stress Disorder”, which will explain their function in more depth. His symptoms of Hypoadrenia included: waking up in the middle of the night, eye sensitivity to sunlight, blood sugar problems, and loss of appetite. I also diagnosed him with a liver dysfunction. Think of the liver as a big sponge. It has to clean out your blood of all toxins, allergens, hormones etc. If the liver is so backed up that it can’t clean the blood efficiently, anything including food would induce nausea.
I performed acupuncture to stimulate the adrenals and clean out the liver. I prescribed some nutraceuticals which assisted the rebuilding of the adrenals and cleaning of the liver.
I saw Mickey a week later for a follow-up, and his nausea was gone, and he had not vomited at all. I now see him every few months for a ‘tune-up’, and his problems have been eliminated. Occasionally he will slip from his dietary recommendations, or stops taking his supplements, and his symptoms will start to return. We get him right back on track, and he is now a healthy, feisty normal teenager!