Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

SleepingChronic fatigue syndrome is a viral condition that is characterized by feelings of debilitation and lack of energy. It can stem from a variety of causes. Most people who suffer with this problem are typically overachievers who are outgoing, with A-type, independent and self-reliant personalities. Besides being constantly on the go, researchers have found that several viruses, like Epstein-Barr, Cytomegalo and herpes simplex are involved. Parasites and candida albicans have often been associated with this condition. Most people with chronic fatigue syndrome have exhausted adrenal glands and lowered immunity. Women between the ages of twenty-four and forty-five are the most susceptible to this condition, especially if they have a lot of stress and poor adrenal health.

There are three stages for this condition. The first stage includes symptoms of debilitating fatigue, which can last for at least six months, low-grade fever, sore throat, muscle weakness, sore lymph nodes, and gastrointestinal problems. The second stage symptoms include ringing in the ears, irritability, depression, allergies, vertigo, low blood sugar and sharp muscle aches. The third-stage symptoms include extremely low immunity, night sweats, weight loss, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, fainting, heart palpitations and nervous system disorders.

Managing stress levels can help relieve some of these symptoms. Exercise as well as improving the digestion and assimilation of nutrients is also beneficial. Some overlooked causes of chronic fatigue include: an overactive or underactive thyroid (an underactive thyroid is often caused by an iodine deficiency), adrenal insufficiency, diabetes, food allergies, hormonal problems, hypoglycemia and environmental toxins.