We all are well aware of what fatigue is but, when I head of the term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I got a little curious to find out what is it exactly. Here is what I found out.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disorder that causes extreme fatigue. Persons with CFS most often gets so fatigued that they can’t perform normal daily tasks like they used to before the onset of illness. Physical or mental activities often make the condition worse, and rest usually doesn’t improve it either. It is most common in women in their 40s and 50s, but anyone can have it. It can last for 6 months or go on for years.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
People who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may experience the following symptoms:
• Fatigue for 6 months or more.
• Memory or concentration problems
• Pain in joints and muscles
• Sore throat
• Sleeping troubles
• Irregular heartbeat
• Chest pain
• Weight loss
• Abdominal pain
• Nausea etc
Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The exact cause or causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are unknown. However, the conditions that have been proposed to trigger the development of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include virus infection or other traumatic conditions, stress, and toxins.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Cure
Since there is no known cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, treatment is aimed at symptom relief. A combination of drug and nondrug therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Graded Exercise Therapy, Pharmacologic Therapy are generally suggested for the patients. In addition to these therapies Professional Counseling, Support Groups and Antidepressants also may help.
In general, people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome should avoid too much physical or emotional stress. Maintain a standard daily routine to avoid a setback or increase of symptoms. If you raise your level of physical activity, do so steadily. Avoid taking total rest as it may make your fatigue worse. Decrease the consumption of alcohol and caffeine, especially at night to sleep well. Also, social isolation should be minimized.
Living with chronic fatigue syndrome can be difficult but, with the help of a professional and your family you can achieve positive results with time. Emotional support is important in coping with a chronic health problem.
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