What is Chronic Fatigue?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex ailment marked by exhaustion lasting greater than six months and cannot be explained by an underlying health condition. The lethargy is exacerbated by physical or mental exertion that is not alleviated with rest. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is another name for this illness. ME/CFS is a common abbreviation. Systemic exertion intolerance disease is the most current term offered (SEID). The diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome cannot be confirmed by a single test. To rule out other health concerns with comparable symptoms, you may require a number of medical tests. The goal of chronic fatigue syndrome management is to find the underlying cause to alleviate symptoms.
What Are The Causes of Chronic Fatigue?
Immune System Issues – Individuals tend to have a weakened immune system, but it’s uncertain if this is enough to develop the condition.
Physical/emotional trauma – Many patients report their symptoms started after an injury, surgery, or a period of intense mental stress.
Viral Infections – The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known to cause Mononucleosis and Human Herpes virus 6 (HHV6) are often present in patients that suffer from chronic fatigue.
Hormonal Imbalance – Hormones generated in the brain, pituitary glands, and adrenal glands are often abnormal in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
What Are The Symptoms?
Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms differ between individuals, and the degree of symptoms vary day to day. The following are possible signs and symptoms:
- Memory problems and concentration
- Sore throat
- Muscle or joint discomfort
- Sleep deprivation
- Exhaustion from physical or mental exertion
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Dizziness that develops when getting up from a seated or lying position
- Unrefreshing sleep
What Are The Risk Factors?
Sex – women are 2-4 times more likely to be diagnosed than men
Age – It can develop at any age, although young to middle-aged individuals are the most typically affected.
Chronic fatigue syndrome can lead to the following complications:
- Decreased quality of life
- Reduced productivity at home and work
- Isolation with subsequent depression and anxiety
Andrea Dean is a holistic chronic fatigue specialist in Newark and has helped many patients receive the care and treatment they need.