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Updated: 2014-10-02T21:59:07.760-07:00


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the most common name given to a variably debilitating disorder or disorders, it is generally defined by persistent fatigue unrelated to exertion, and the fatigue is not significantly relieved by rest and can be accompanied by the presence of other specific symptoms for a minimum of six months. The disorder may also be referred to as post-viral fatigue syndrome PVFS (when the condition arises following a flu-like illness), myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), or several other terms.

CFS can affect people of any age. However, it's most common between the ages of 25 and 45. It's estimated that about 150,000 people in the UK have CFS, with women affected more often than men.
Fatigue is a common symptom in a lot of illnesses, but Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a disease that can affect the whole body (multi-systemic) and is therefore relatively rare by comparison. The symptoms of chronic fatigue are: widespread muscle and joint pain, cognitive difficulties; chronic, often severe, mental and physical exhaustion; sore throat; headaches of a different nature than normally experienced; and more symptoms besides that are not found in a previously healthy and active person.
People suffering chronic fatigue may report additional symptoms including muscle weakness, hypersensitivity, digestive disturbances, depression, poor immune response, and cardiac and respiratory problems. All diagnostic criteria require that the symptoms must not be caused by other medical conditions. The quality of life is "particularly and uniquely disrupted" in CFS.

Primary Symptoms And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment

Clinically evaluated, unexplained, persistent or relapsing chronic fatigue that is:

• of new or definite onset (has not been lifelong);
• is not the result of ongoing exertion;
• is not substantially alleviated by rest; and
• Results in substantial reduction in previous levels of occupational, educational, social, or personal activities.

Diagnosis of chronic fatigue usually has additional requirements

Having four or more of the following symptoms for at least six consecutive months persistently and not having suffered them prior to the onset of the fatigue.

1. Short term memory loss or severe loss of concentration critical enough to cause substantial reduction in previous levels of occupational, educational, social, or personal activities;
2. sore throat
3. tender lymph nodes
4. muscle pain
5. multi-joint pain without joint swelling or redness;
6. headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity;
7. feeling unrefreshed after sleep
8. post exertion malaise lasting more than 24 hours.

Other symptoms that may occur include:

• Abdominal pain
• Alcohol intolerance
• Bloating
• Chest pain
• Chronic cough
• Diarrhea
• Dizziness
• Dry eyes or mouth
• Earaches
• Irregular heartbeat
• Jaw pain
• Morning stiffness
• Nausea
• Night sweats
• Psychological problems, such as depression, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks
• Shortness of breath
• Skin sensations
• Tingling sensations
• Weight loss

In general, the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome aren't improved by bed rest and may be worsened by physical or mental activity.