What Do You Know About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?


What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an enervating and complicated disorder that is delineated with esoteric fatigue, which is not ameliorated with bed rest and can be aggravated with any physical or mental activity.


Patients with a fatigue syndrome often describe some non specific signs and symptoms including memory loss, muscle pain, impaired muscle weakness, post-extensional fatigue and insomnia.

To diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome patient should satisfy two most important conditions.

  • They must have severe chronic fatigue that lasts for six months or more.
  • Contemporaneously they declare complaints like memory impairment or short term memory loss, tender lymph nodes, joint pain, swelling, muscle pain, restless sleep, headaches, malaise all lasting longer than 24 hours.

There are some generally recognized chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms (CFS).

  • Fibromyalgia syndrome
  • Neurasthenia
  • Chronic mononucleosis
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar effective disorders
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Obesity
  • Subacute infections
  • Abuse of alcoholic substances
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Cancer
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Breath shortness
  • Nausea
  • Night sweats
  • Earaches
  • Dizziness
  • Dry eyes
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Morning stiffness
  • Irritability
  • Skin sensations
  • Weight loss

There is no specific cure and chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis as no single therapy is available. Change in life style, adding nutritional supplements to daily diet, avoiding over work and restless sleep and gentle massaging are general recommended therapies. Moderate low stress exercises are also recommended that prevent deconditioning and over activity.CFS is not generally caused due to depression but both can coexist rather many patients don not have any complaints of psychiatric disorders.


Patient should ask doctor to examine the functioning of their adrenal gland working. In case if hormones cause a slump in the energy levels, it can be boosted up taking Omega 3 fish oils (1,000-4,000 mg) daily. There must be a prompt check up on Iron or vitamin B12 deficiency. Taking excess tea and coffee with only few sips of water a day has dehydrated our bodies so adding liquid chlorophyll to drinking water will not only boost up the energy levels but also oxygenates the cells.


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