Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a medical state of unknown cause with aching, fever and depression and prolonged tiredness, typically happening after a viral infection.

Feeling tired or fatigued from time to time is a universal experience. Fatigue usually results from working hard -Physically or Mentally – Or feeling stressed, excited or upset.

The solution is normally to take time to recuperate and perhaps, to program in more opportunities for relaxation, emotional restoration and other ways of recharging your batteries.

However, a few people develop prolonged fatigue that doesn’t respond to these measures. they have chronic fatigue syndrome.

Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, causes you to feel so tired that you can’t finish normal, every day activities.

People with Chronic fatigue syndrome have inexplicable and disabling exhaustion lasting six months or more. They may also have muscle aches, headaches and sleep problems. They are not able to take proper and sound sleep due to this.

Some have poor concentration, memory and temperature control; others are breathless or faint or have slurred speech. People with CFS are three times as likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome.

The cause of CFS is still unknown, though it sometimes follows an infection or a time of stress. Attacks last for four years on average; but four people in five have a relapse later.

One sufferer in two is depressed and one in four has some other mental health problem. While depression and anxiety may, of course, be caused by the illness itself, they are also the strongest known risk factors for CFS.

This is not surprising because our minds and bodies are intimately linked by body chemicals such as neurotransmitters (which carry nerve messages) and hormones.

Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There is no proof that nutritional supplements or complementary therapies cure CFS, but a healthy diet and anything that makes you feel better without doing harm are well worth trying

Exercise: Try to strike the right balance between rest and exercise. Too much rest will weaken your muscles and may be depressing, while too much exercise may encourage muscle pain and fatigue.

Start an exercise program by taking a short walk each day. Then gradually increase the amount of exercise that you do.

Mind Work: Consider seeing a psychotherapist for cognitive-behavioural therapy. This will help you deal with the limitations your symptoms impose on your daily life, and with your reactions to the illness. Such therapy also sometimes helps cure the underlying cause.

Herbal Remedies: Siberian ginseng and ginger root (as tablets, tea or tincture) are the best herbal remedies to treat CFS.

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