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10 Celebrities with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thursday, March 15th, 2012



Chronic fatigue syndrome is not yuppie flu, nor is it an imaginary disease- chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an autoimmune disorder that causes debilitating chronic pain, perpetual exhaustion, dizziness, and low immunity for no apparent reason.  Some chronic fatigue sufferers, such as author Laura Hillenbrand, were first diagnosed with CFS at a young age, and continue to use vitamin B12, acupuncture, and massage in an effort to minimize pain triggers.

10 Celebrities with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms

It’s not just tiredness; CFS feels like your whole body is falling apart.  Comorbid with fibromyalgia, many scientists are toying with the idea of combining both chronic pain disorders into one disease- fibromyalgia-chronic fatigue syndrome.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include:

  • Intense muscular pain
  • Severe exhaustion, despite getting enough sleep and not overexerting oneself
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Environmental hypersensitivity,
  • Fevers
  • Vertigo

Also read: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- What is it, exactly?

10 Celebrities with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Ten celebrities with chronic fatigue syndrome

Please note: Vita Sciences has no affiliation with any of the celebrities mentioned.

1) Laura Hillenbrand- author of Seabiscuit, which was made into an Oscar-nominated motion picture, Laura Hillenbrand was first diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome at the age of 19.  A former jock, she was struck with a sudden fever while traveling back to college after spring break.

Pain symptoms escalated; she started suffering swollen glands, stomach cramps, and extreme vertigo. Once the picture of youth, she was suddenly unable to walk around her college campus.

Laura visited many doctors who were unable to diagnose her phantom pain symptoms, and she was told multiple times that it was all in her head, that the only thing wrong with her was her “attitude problem.”

As she told Elle magazine, “Well-meaning people would say, ‘You need psychiatric care.’  ” Eventually, she lost her circle of friends, and even her family failed to understand her crisis.

Laura’s chronic pain management includes getting vitamin B12 shots, herbal supplements, restrictive dieting, steroid hormones, and acupuncture.

Also read: Tired of being Tired all the Time…It’s Tiring!

10 CELEBRITIES WITH CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, B12 PATCH2) Suzanne Shaw- Dancing on Ice champ was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome after complaining to her doctor about swollen limbs, joint stiffness, night sweats, and severe tiredness.

3) Cher- In 1992, singer-actress Cher had to take a few years off from her hectic schedule to recuperate from sudden CFS.

4) Stevie Nicks- In 1987, chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms drove legendary pop singer Stevie Nicks into pain pill addiction.

10 CELEBRITIES WITH CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, B12 PATCH5) Flea- Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1993.

6) Michelle Akers- Former Olympic soccer player Michelle Akers documented her struggle with CFS in one of her biographies.

7) Blake Edwards- Film producer-director-screenwriter Blake Edwards is noted for his work in the Pink Panther movie series, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Days of Wine and Roses.  In his bio Remember Me, he mentioned his battle with chronic fatigue syndrome.

10 CELEBRITIES WITH CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, B12 PATCH8) Michael Crawford- Best known for his Broadway performance in The Phantom of the Opera, singer Michael Crawford is currently recuperating from severe chronic fatigue syndrome.

9) Keith Jarrett- Celebrated jazz pianist Keith Jarrett had to take a break from his music career in 1995 to recover from CFS.

10) David Puttnam- The British film producer of Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields also suffers from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), another term for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Please tell us…

Can you name any other famous people with chronic fatigue syndrome?  What about celebrities who raise CFS awareness?  We welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions!

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Read more about CFS and vitamin B12 deficiency:

6 Degrees of Vitamin B12- B12 Deficiency and Autoimmune Disease

Brain Fog: 20 Causes and Symptoms

9 Conditions that Mimic Fibromyalgia and Vitamin B12 Deficiency


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Celebrated Author’s Untold Tale

List of people with chronic fatigue syndrome


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Vitamin B12 Deficiency is Excitotoxic, Part II

Friday, March 2nd, 2012



What do vitamin B12 deficiency, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis have in common?  More than you realize.  For one, vitamin B12 deficiency occurs often with fibromyalgia, MS, and chronic fatigue syndrome.  Another clue is homocysteine, an excitotoxin that rattles your nervous system, sometimes with debilitating results.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency is Excitotoxic, Part II

Part I introduced you to excitotoxins…now in Part II, find out how to keep neurotoxins from disrupting your life.

Born with it: Clumsiness and Two Left Feet from Dyspraxia

What illnesses are linked with excitotoxicity?

Many neurodegenerative illnesses and other conditions are linked with elevated levels of excitotoxins such as homocysteine:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pernicious anemia (Vitamin B12 deficiency)
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • AIDS dementia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Infections
  • Lyme borreliosis

“Glutamate and aspartate are doubled in viral meningitis, acute multiple sclerosis (MS) and myelopathy compared with control subjects and patients with peripheral facial nerve palsy.”

What causes elevated homocysteine levels?

When your body produces homocysteine, it is immediately broken down by vitamin B12 (cobalamin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxal phosphate).  Vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 keep your homocysteine levels down to a healthy minimum where already healthy homocysteine levels occur.

However, if you have vitamin B12 deficiency, including pernicious anemia, then you don’t have enough vitamin B12 to break down homocysteine. 

As a result, homocysteine levels spike, permeating your neurons, causing irreparable damage to your nerve cells and increasing your risk for stroke, heart attack, blood clots, and memory problems.

“…increased homocysteine levels in the central nervous system characterize patients fulfilling the criteria for both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.”


Here’s Your Brain on B12 Deficiency- Memory Loss and Aging

If you have pernicious anemia, then you may not be able to digest dietary forms of vitamin B12 (food, pills), due to a digestive system disorder.

In order to maintain healthy homocysteine levels (and thus gain the neurological health benefits of B12), you need to insert vitamin B12 directly into your bloodstream through vitamin B12 shots.

For maximum vitamin B12 benefits, experts recommend supplementing with extra over-the-counter (OTC) vitamin B12, as well.  Many patients experience improved neurological health in as little as a few days following vitamin B12 supplementation.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency is Excitotoxic, Part II

Please tell us…

  • Do you have one or more of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency as described?
  • Do you suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency and other comorbid illnesses such as fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis?
  • How likely are you to change your diet and increase your vitamin B12, now that you know about the risk factors involved?
  • Please share your comments!

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Know anybody who could be helped by this information?  Please share this article on Facebook, Google+, or by emailing a link.  As always, we welcome your comments!

Read more about vitamin B12 deficiency:

Vitamin B12 Deficiency is Excitotoxic, Part I

Can Vitamin B12 Deficiency Cause Brain Lesions?


Relief of fibromyalgia symptoms following discontinuation of dietary excitotoxins

Neurotransmitters in cerebrospinal fluid reflect pathological activity-PubMed, NCBI

Increased concentrations of homocysteine in the cerebrospinal fluid in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome- PubMed, NCBI

Cytochemical detection of homocysteine in pernicious anemia and in chronic erythremic myelosis- PubMed, NCBI



Diagnosing Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Pernicious Anemia: Top 10 Tests

Monday, February 27th, 2012



If you feel fatigued, and suspect B12 deficiency, then see your doctor immediately.  Before diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency or pernicious anemia, your doctor will run a vitamin B12 blood test for vitamin B12 levels in your blood, in addition to measuring your red blood cells and homocysteine levels.  Here are ten tests still used today to diagnose vitamin B12 and pernicious anemia.


Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms:

Vitamin B12 deficiency can be difficult to catch, because it masks itself as many other conditions.  Sometimes, B12 deficiency occurs as a secondary side effect of a primary illness like fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, or celiac disease.  Other times, vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are overlooked because of underlying conditions such as depression or diabetes.

The most common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anemia are:

  • Constant fatigue that is not relieved by sleep and does not result from overexertion
  • Depression, long-term
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior that is unusual
  • Paranoia
  • Difficulty focusing or paying attention
  • Memory loss
  • Frequent forgetfulness
  • “Brain fog”
  • Forgetting words on “tip of tongue”
  • Forgetting numerical codes like phone numbers or PINs
  • Hallucinations
  • Painful tingling and numbness in extremities (hands, feet, arms, and legs)
  • “Pins and needles”
  • Painful tingling or burning sensation in tongue and mouth
  • Red, swollen tongue
  • Altered taste perception
  • Decreased balance and muscular coordination
  • Frequent stumbling and dropping things
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleep difficulties


What are the Symptoms of Pernicious Anemia- B12 deficiency?

10 Tests that diagnose vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anemia

1) Serum vitamin B12 level: First, your physician will request a vitamin B12 blood test to determine if your vitamin B12 blood (cobalamin) levels are indeed low.  Usually, if test results are positive, then vitamin B12 supplementation begins immediately. 

The vitamin B12 blood screening is the most important test for diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency, and if you respond well to vitamin B12 supplements, then further testing is not usually required.

However, if your doctor suspects pernicious anemia, then he might order one or more of the following additional tests:

2) Complete blood count (CBC): A blood test to screen the amount of red and white blood cells.  With pernicious anemia, your red blood cells become engorged and misshapen, resulting in low distribution of red blood cells throughout your body.

3) Serum folate level:  Many people who have vitamin B12 deficiency also are deficient in the B vitamin folate.

4) Serum  lactate dehydrogenase (LDH): Your doctor might order a blood test measuring LDH levels.

5) Reticulocyte count: This test looks for reticulocytes (slightly immature red blood cells).

6) Homocysteine test:  High homocysteine levels in your blood may indicate vitamin B12 deficiency, folate deficiency, or vitamin B6 deficiency.

7) Gastrin level: a test measuring the amount of the hormone gastrin in your blood may help doctors diagnose the cause of vitamin B12 deficiency.

8) Methylmalonic acid (MMA) test- With vitamin B12 deficiency, methylmalonic acid levels go up.  The MMA test provides more proof of the existence of vitamin B12 deficiency.

9) Intrinsic factor antibody test:  Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disorder in which sufferers are not able to product intrinsic factor, a necessary hormone for absorbing vitamin B12.  Before diagnosing pernicious anemia, your doctor has to confirm the existence of an antibody in your system that inhibits intrinsic factor production, thereby causing vitamin B12 deficiency.

10) Bone marrow staining: Sometimes, your physician might require a bone marrow biopsy in order to determine other potential causes of pernicious anemia or general red blood cell disorders.


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What about the Schilling test for vitamin B12 deficiency?

In the past, doctors have used the Schilling test to diagnose vitamin B12 deficiency.  The Schilling test involves swallowing harmless, radioactive doses of vitamin B12 and tracking its progress in your body.  However, because it involves fasting and the use of low-dose radiation, and because it may cause side effects like nausea, the Schilling test is rarely used.

Schilling test—a test in which a harmless amount of radiation is used to assess whether a vitamin B12 deficiency exists (rarely used)

Vitamin B12 supplementation

Once diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency, your doctor will likely prescribe vitamin B12 shots, beginning with 1000 mcg of vitamin B12 per week. 

These B12 shots are only available upon prescription.

  • After the first month, B12 shots may be decreased to once per month, upon doctor’s orders.
  • If B12 deficiency symptoms (fatigue, muscular pain, and brain fog) continue despite vitamin B12 injections, you may supplement with additional over-the-counter (OTC) vitamin B12.
  • Once your vitamin B12 levels are normal, your doctor will likely stop vitamin B12 shots in favor of OTC vitamin B12.
  • Sublingual vitamin B12 are an OTC option that may require supplementation two or three times per day.  Side effects may include unpleasant taste and burning, tingling sensation on the tongue.
  • Note: Sublingual vitamin B12 must be dissolved under the tongue as indicated; if they are chewed or swallowed, then vitamin B12 will not be absorbed.

Please tell us…

  • Aside from taking the blood test for vitamin B12, have you received any of the other tests mentioned?
  • Please share your experience with vitamin B12 supplementation.
  • We welcome all comments, questions, or suggestions!

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Read more about vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anemia:

WhichTests check Absorption of Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12- How much do you need?


Anemia – B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia – Exams and Tests

Vitamin B12 Deficiency


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