Do you feel tired all the time despite getting enough rest? Are you unable to focus on work and other activities because you feel lethargic and tired?
These are symptoms of a condition known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complicated disorder characterized by excessive tiredness or extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activities and doesn’t even improve with rest!
What causes CFS? There is no exact reason known as to why one develops CFS. A few possible causes include –
- Viral or bacterial infections
- Psychological stress
- Hormonal imbalance
- Impaired immune system
Symptoms of CFS – CFS can affect people of all age groups, people in age group of 20 to 40 years are more prone, and children can also get affected in their 13 to 15 years. Men and women are equally affected. Symptoms usually start suddenly, in some cases it might start gradually and persist for months.
Major symptoms include –
- Loss of memory or concentration
- Sore throat
- Unexplained muscle and joint pains
- Extreme tiredness lasting for more than 24 hours after physical activity
- Mood fluctuations
- Impaired sleep
Are there any complications associated with CFS? CFS has certain complications but they are not related to physical health. It affects mental health. Complications include – Depression, Social isolation, lifestyle imbalances leading to increased absence from work.
Management of CFS – CFS has no definitive diagnostics tests. Your Physician will diagnose you based on your symptoms and by ruling out other possible medical conditions. Various management options include:
- Medications – To rectify sleep problems, pains, mood disorders
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Exercise therapy
Strategies to prevent and effectively manage CFS include:
- Reduce stress
- Improve sleeping habits
- Make a planned and adjusted schedule for each day
- Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, smoking
- Try light exercise everyday
- Eat a well balanced diet
CFS is not a dangerous condition, but if not managed efficiently it might cause trouble with activities of daily living.
Stay active, and be more than well.