CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is characterized by debilitating and persistent fatigue with no underlying medical condition. The cause is not known, but it may include psychological stress or a viral infection. This makes the condition hard to diagnose. There are no set tests to diagnose this condition. Other potential causes must be eliminated prior to making a diagnosis. There is no cure, and the condition is more common for females in their 40s and 50s, though it can happen to anyone.
Some of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include:
- Severe fatigue that does not improve when resting
- Chronic insomnia and sleep disorders
- Loss of concentration or memory
- Frequent headaches
- Post-exertional malaise or PEM
- Frequent sore throats
- Muscle pain
- Extreme fatigue after mental or physical activities
- Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the armpits and neck
- Feeling tired after a good night’s sleep
- Joint pain with no swelling or redness
The Treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Again, there is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome. This being said, there are treatments to help with the symptoms. PEM occurs after minor emotional, mental or physical exertion. The symptoms generally become worse twelve to 48 hours after completing the activity. The symptoms can remain for weeks. Activity management is a treatment created to balance activity and rest to help eliminate flare-ups of PEM. The physical and mental limits of the individual must be tested to ensure the person remains within these limits.
These limits are often referred to as the energy envelope. Many people keep a diary to help figure out their personal limits. Even the mildest of exercise routines will not help with this particular condition. Making specific lifestyle changes can help ease the symptoms. Eliminating or decreasing the intake of caffeine can provide better sleep and help with insomnia. Alcohol and nicotine should both be limited. Naps during the day are discouraged.
In most cases, chronic fatigue requires major changes in lifestyle. The best option is to talk to a qualified professional about the symptoms and be diagnosed. This will provide the person with the best possible treatment and medications.
If you are interested in receiving treatment for chronic fatigue, schedule your personal consultation at Radiantly Healthy MD, located in Indialantic. Contact our office today to book an appointment!