What is CFS
Chronic fatigue syndrome is really a disease that can cause a person to become to tired and fatigued that any normal daily function becomes impaired. The exhaustion is so severe that any activity makes the condition worse and even rest doesn’t seem to help.
CFS is hard to diagnose and even treat because the symptoms are so general that it’s hard for a physician to get a proper diagnosis. If the patient has this for more than six months, then the fatigue is used as a major diagnosis.
Here are some of the symptoms:
- sore throats
- joint pain
- trouble sleeping
- muscle soreness that is unexplainable
- exhaustion after exercise lasting longer than 24 hours.
The causes of chronic fatigue syndrome are not understood very well. It could be because your immune system is out of wack or a virus could even play a part as well. There are so many unknowns so how can this disease be treated?
There really is no known cure for CFS and when the doctors diagnose and treat a patient, they generally treat for sleep issues and muscle aches. When there is depression involved, an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety med may be prescribed.
There isn’t any cure for CFS but symptoms can improve with time and as you use some self treatments, it may improve as well. Keep track of the times that you have the most energy. Then you can plan your day around the times you feel your best.
You probably won’t be able to do much, but try to keep some type of activity in your life. Even find a support group if you can, there should be one in your area. When you find yourself low in energy, ask friends and family to support you as much as you can.
Memory and concentration can be a problem also and if it is, try to make lists so you don’t forget important information and also appointments that you can’t afford to miss.
Most of all give yourself the time it needs to ease your symptoms to be able to get on with life.