It is not uncommon for people to feel run down and exhausted. When you consider the daily grind at work, kids at home and everything in between, it is not uncommon to be tired. But what if that tired feeling is something more? Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder that is debilitating and characterized as a condition that causes extreme fatigue or tiredness. The feeling does not go away with rest and cannot be explained away by another medical condition.
The causes of chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS are not understood very well. There are theories that a viral infection is connected to the condition along with psychological stress or a combination of these factors along with other issues. Because other illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose CFS. There are no tests for the condition so your physician will have to rule out other issues before diagnosing you with CFS.
Learn the Symptoms of CFS
If you suspect that you have CFS, it is important to review the symptoms. The symptoms can vary from patient to patient and can be moderate to severe based on the individual. Of course, the most common symptom is fatigue. The fatigue one feels is so severe that the individual cannot complete daily activities. Fatigue must be present for a time frame of six months or more for the CFS diagnosis to be made. Four other symptoms must be present as well and can include:
- Memory or concentration loss
- Sleep disorders such as chronic insomnia
- Frequent headaches
- Feeling unrested after sleeping through the night
- Muscle pain
- A frequent sore throat
- Lymph nodes in armpits and neck are tender
- Multi-joint pain but no swelling or redness
Treatments for CFS
There is no set cure for CFS and patients will have to find a treatment type that works for their individual needs. While one type of treatment works well for one individual, another patient might not see their symptoms relieved by the same treatment. Lifestyle changes can be beneficial such as limiting caffeine intake or eliminating caffeine altogether. Nicotine and alcohol should be limited as well, along with napping during the day. A solid sleep routine can also be helpful.
Another option for treatment aside from life changes is Valkion Therapy. This is an ionized oxygen therapy type that deeply cleanses the body. This treatment type produces high energy, detoxifies the body as well as reduces cholesterol, uric acid, triglycerides and the production of free radicals.
If you feel that you might suffer from CFS, visit your physician today. Begin eliminating possible conditions to determine if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome to be able to find a treatment type that can work for you.