Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness with strong and noticeable feelings of fatigue that comes suddenly and often throughout the day and never stops, subsides or goes away.

Researchers have not yet identified what causes CFS and there are no tests to diagnose CFS. More importantly, because numerous illnesses have fatigue as a symptom it is imperative that doctors rule out other conditions which can mimic CFS, but which are treatable.

It is important to note that chronic fatigue for people with CFS, their chronic fatigue is not improved by rest, bed rest, or slowing down an individuals activities, though, fatigue may be worsened by physical or mental activity. Unfortunately, and of much frustration to those with CFS, individuals suffering from CFS often function at a substantially lower level of activity than they were capable of prior to the onset of symptoms.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is diagnosed 2 to 4 times more often in women than men.  Studies have shown this may be related to biological, psychological and social influences.

It is important to note that chronic fatigue for individuals with CFS are not the normal ups and downs from everyday life. CFS is a very serious illness that is painful, exhausting, frustrating and all encompassing in ones life.

Overview of Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • CFS may be triggered by viral infections or traumatic conditions (toxins or stress)
  • CFS occurs most commonly to people in their 40's and 50's
  • Women are more often diagnosed with CFS
  • There is no cure for CFS

Symptoms of Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • fatigue after exercise lasting more than 24 hours
  • muscle pain
  • join pain without swelling or redness
  • tender neck or armpit lymph nodes
  • a recurring or frequent sore throat
  • headaches of a new type that are often changing in occurrence, frequency, severity or pattern
  • poor sleep or un-refreshing sleep

Related Symptoms of CFS

  • difficulties with memory or concentration due to fatigue
  • persistent pain
  • irritable bowel
  • chills and night sweats
  • visual disturbances such as sensitivity to light, blurring and eye pain
  • depression or mood problems
  • allergies and sensitivities to foods or smells
  • brain fog (similar to "fibro fog") (a constant mental fog)

Causes of Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Scientists and researches have not yet determined the cause of CFS
  • CFS is believed to possibly have many triggers
    • infections
    • nutritional deficiency
    • stress on hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands
    • abnormally low blood pressure
    • immune dysfunction