Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME: SYMPTOMS & CAUSES

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long term and complicated illness that is manifested by extreme physical and mental fatigue. This type of fatigue is different in nature since it can’t be linked to any underlying causes. Unlike normal fatigue, the fatigue induced by CFS also can’t be alleviated through rest. However, it can be multiplied and worsened by certain physical and mental exertion.
CFS is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) even though there is a debate in some medical quarters about their peculiarity. Research related to this acquired complex disorder tells us that around one million people in the US are suffering from CFS/ME and only 20% of them are correctly diagnosed with CFG.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

Feeling tired and exhausted all the time and feeling generally sick are the most common symptoms of CFS. Additionally, there are some other symptoms that may not appear in every CFS case but are seen as major indications of the disease.

These symptoms include: inflamed lymph nodes, inexplicable muscle pain and fatigue, joint pain without swelling and redness that can move from one joint to another, sore throat, feeling lightheaded, disturbed sleep cycle, untimely headaches and feeling intense exhaustion for long periods of time after some physical and mental activity.

The magnitude of these symptoms does not remain same throughout the illness. They can vary from day to day, and even sometimes with a day.

Diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome

The symptoms of CFS are not specific and are similar to the symptoms of a wide range of different diseases. Therefore the diagnosis of the disease is tricky and only professional physicians can help you with the correct diagnosis.

Since there are no definite underlying medical reasons behind CFS, therefore it is usually diagnosed indirectly. The affected person is tested for other diseases first, diseases that cause the same type of symptoms. When everything else is ruled out, then it becomes probable that the person is suffering from CFS.

How does a person contract CFS?

With all the extensive medical research and studies, it is still unclear how CFS is contracted. However, there are certain causes and triggers that have been studied, and are generally thought of as possible reasons behind CFS.

·         Viral Infections: Even though there isn’t much established scientific correlation between viral infections and CFS, there are many real life cases where people got affected by CFS right after suffering from viral infections.

·         Impaired immune system: Research tells us that people with CFS have slight problem with their immune system. However, it is still not confirmed that a minor impairment of the immune system can induce CFS.

·         Hormonal imbalance: People with CFS are also often diagnosed with hormonal imbalance, although the reason behind this abnormality is not known.

Apart from the above mentioned scenarios, scientists are still working on finding genetic and psychological factors that may be behind chronic fatigue syndrome.

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DR. JESSE A. STOFF is an internationally renowned physician with extensive credentials in clinical immunology and holistic medicine. A graduate of New York Medical College, he pursued extensive post-doctoral training including a fellow- ship at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in LondonEngland. He has authored/co-authored countless articles and 8 books including co-authoring the bestseller "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic" and The Prostate Miracle.

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