Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Symptoms Causes and Cures

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
• Headaches
• Pain in joints and muscles


• Sore throat
• Sleeping troubles
• Irregular heartbeat
• Chest pain
• Weight loss
• Abdominal pain
• Nausea etc

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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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7 thoughts on “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Symptoms Causes and Cures

  1. great article era…for years, my doctor kept on telling me that i had chronic fatigue syndrome…i had most of the symptoms u mentioned in the article…
    my dad researching more on the topic, asked me to undergo a simple blood test for thalassemia and i tested positive for it…i have thalassemia minor which is milder than thalassemia major… of the main symptoms of thalassemia minor is chronic fatigue….i finally have a name for what i had been feeling for years….unfortunately, none of my doctors ever thought of mentioning it to me…it cannot be treated but at least can be managed with certain medications….i would suggest fellow beauties to at least consider going in for a test to determine thalassemia minor….it is hereditary so if one of your parents has it, chances are u will too….

    1. hi bhawana…..nice to know that people atleast know about thalassemia…My younger sister died of Thalassemia – she has thalassemia major:( i would encourage everyone to get it tested…

  2. call me old fashioned but i am always a little irritated with the amount of information that is available on the internet. used in the right manner it can prove to be a boon but if not, can make ppl hypchrondriac. a search on headache will throw up a million diseases. I think its wise to get a complete health checkup done every 12 months if you are below 30 and once every 6 months if you are 30+. if you have some obvious health issues that dont go away then ofcourse a visit to the dotor is a must..

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