Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder that is characterized by severe fatigue that interferes with daily activities of the person. It does not improve with rest but could get worse with any kind of mental or physical activity. The symptoms may start suddenly or gradually.
CFS is also referred to as MyalgicEncephalomyelitis (ME). Woman who is in their 40s and 50s are at a higher risk for developing CFS
The cause of CFS is still unclear. For some people, the symptoms of CFS begin after a viral infection. Doctors speculate that it could be because of a weakened immunity system or hormonal imbalance, or even environmental factors could be responsible for CFS. It is possible that some people are genetically predisposed to developing CFS. Whatever the cause may be there is no conclusive evidence to prove it.
Symptoms of CFS
- Fatigue for no apparent reason lasting over 24 hours
- Muscle pain
- Frequent headaches
- Sore throat
- Sleeping disorder
- Confusion or disorientation
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory loss
- Pain, swelling and redness of joints
- Swollen lymph nodes in the armpit and neck region
It is difficult to diagnose CFS. This is a diagnosis of exclusion as there are no lab tests that can be performed to diagnose it, and the symptoms are common to many other diseases. The symptoms may vary from one person to another. They may appear and disappear in bouts with every chance of relapsing when they disappear.
The person should have experienced severe, inexplicable fatigue for six months or more along with some of the aforementioned symptoms for doctors to conclude that it is CFS.
Currently, there is no cure for CFS. Treatment in the form of medication or therapy is aimed at relieving its symptoms.
As there is no cure for this disease and the causes are unclear, managing this disease can be a challenge. It is advisable to see a doctor that you trust and work out a treatment plan that includes lifestyle change to cope with the fatigue. Counseling or a support group can help you mentally cope with this condition.
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