Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Do you find yourself feeling extremely fatigued on a daily basis, even if you didn't do anything very strenuous? If so, you may be suffering from a disorder known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This condition is one of the most controversial disorders and is often difficult to diagnose because of the vague symptoms. Many people who suffer from CFS experience flu-like symptoms. Usually there is no apparent cause for you to feel so exhausted. Unfortunately, researchers have yet to find a cure for this condition.
Most people with CFS experience persistent fatigue that makes it difficult for them to function normally. Headaches, muscle aches and weakness, tender lymph nodes, sore throat, joint pain, poor sleep, poor concentration, and short-term memory problems are common symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. A low-grade fever may also be chronic or recurring.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from CFS you should consult with your physician and share your concerns. There are no laboratory tests for CFS. Your doctor will have to systematically rule out all other medical causes with similar symptoms. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) created at least eight nonspecific symptoms that must be present for at least six months before a diagnosis of CFS should be made.
Doctors are still unsure of what causes CFS. There are many theories but non have been proved. Some Doctors believe that CFS is a viral illness but so far no single viral cause has been attributed to CFS. Other factors that may be associated with CFS include prolonged stress, hormonal imbalance, low blood pressure, allergies, immune system disorders, and psychological problems.
Approximately 4 out of every 100,000 American adults suffer from CFS. Women are most commonly inflicted at a ratio of about 4 to 1. Unfortunately there are no exact medications designed to successfully treat CFS. Traditional painkillers, like aspirin, are often prescribed to alleviate headaches, joint pain, and sore muscles. Antidepressant medications and antiviral drugs are prescribed by some doctors but there is no concrete evidence that these drugs are exceptionally beneficial.