Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disease that causes extreme tiredness to the extent that common daily tasks can no longer be performed. The fatigue persists for as much as half a year, and physical or mental activity usually makes matters worse. CFS is complicated and difficult to diagnose. For this reason, many people have difficulty believing CFS is truly a disease. If you have been diagnosed with CFS, remember your fatigue is not a joke, and you can develop a plan with your physician to fight it.
Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
No one knows for sure what causes CFS, but right now, medical experts' best guess is that it stems from a weak immune system or another virus that has yet to be determined. Researchers are still working hard to find out what truly causes CFS.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
People with CFS experience an overwhelming feeling of tiredness that does not go away. Other related symptoms include:
These symptoms may persist or keep returning for as long as six months.
CFS may appear following a simple cold or a period of high stress. The onset may also be gradual with no apparent beginning point or reason. Some people with CFS may not be able to rid themselves of these symptoms for years.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment
First and foremost, your doctor will want to establish whether your fatigue can be directly attributed to something. To do so, the physician will have to review your symptoms and medical records, in addition to administering a physical exam. You may also have to undergo some blood tests, but lab work is not usually too helpful when attempting to diagnose CFS.
Some of the associated symptoms, like muscle soreness, sleep deprivation, apprehension, and depression, can be battled with medication. The medicine may reduce some of the symptoms, which will likely increase your activity, but the fatigue factor will still be present. No medication has been manufactured that will completely cure CFS thus far.
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