Do you feel tired all the time and have no explanation for how run down you feel? It is not uncommon for adults to feel run down and exhausted from time to time but feeling fatigued at all times for new reason can be the result of chronic fatigue syndrome. Also known as CFS, this disorder is a complicated one and is defined by extreme fatigue that is unexplainable, as the individual does not have an underlying medical condition to explain away the feelings of fatigue.
Rest will not improve the feeling of being fatigued and physical or mental activity can increase the feeling of tiredness. The underlying cause of chronic fatigue remains unknown. There are theories that psychological stress and viral infections can play a part as well as other conditions. It is also believed that chronic fatigue can be the result of a combination of factors.
As there is no single test that can determine if an individual has chronic fatigue syndrome, several tests may have to be completed to narrow down the issue to CFS or something else. Your physician may run a series of tests to see if you have an underlying health problem that is causing your condition or determine if you have CFS.
Main Symptoms of CFS
There are symptoms that one can look for that can signal CFS. These include:
Loss of concentration
- Loss of memory
- A sore throat
Extreme exhaustion that lasts over 24 hours once physical exercise or mental activity is completed
- Sleep does not help
- Muscle or joint pain that is unexplained
- Lymph nodes in neck or armpit are enlarged
There are factors that have been found to contribute to CFS. The condition can occur at any age but commonly affects those who are in the 40 to 50 range. Women are often diagnosed with CFS more than men. Yet this could be because women are more apt to go to the doctor. Stress can also play a factor. When an individual has trouble managing stress levels, they can develop chronic fatigue symptoms.
If you feel that you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, it is important to be evaluated by a physician. Once you have been diagnosed, treatment can begin. Based on your diagnosis and any underlying conditions, your physician may suggest you try medication, cognitive therapy or other methods such as IV therapy. With the help of your physician, you will be able to receive a diagnosis and be treated to feel better once again.