Chronic fatigue syndrome is no longer a mythical disease. Finally, scientists at Stanford University officially revealed it. So, here is a guide to CFS, which may help you recognize it soon, and get proper therapy.
First of all, keep in mind that possible complications of CFS are quite severe. They may include social isolation and depression. In addition, fatigue itself can be a symptom of many illnesses, such as psychological disorders, or even infections. Therefore, in case you have it better see your doctor anyway.
Now it officially exists!
According to scientists, the syndrome of chronic fatigue disease is characterized by insomnia, headaches, muscle aches, irritability and drowsiness. Seems like it may be caused by severe stress, and inflammatory reactions.
Particularly, the researchers found out that in the blood samples of people suffering from CFS the concentration of 17 cytokines, proteins associated with the development of inflammatory reactions, is much higher than in the blood of healthy people.
Chronic fatigue syndrome guide
First of all, chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by extreme fatigue that cannot be improved by resting, and cannot be explained by any medical condition. Unfortunately, it cannot be diagnosed easily by one single test. So, you may have to pass a variety of them.
Most common signs of CFS are:
- exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental activity
- loss of memory
- lack of concentration
- unrefreshing sleep
- unexplained muscle pain
- pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
- also, headache of a new type, pattern or severity
- sore throat
- enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
Causes and risk factors
In fact, scientists still cannot define exactly what causes chronic fatigue syndrome.
Still, here are some of the factors:
- some viral infections (for example, Epstein-Barr virus)
- immune system problems
- hormonal imbalances
- age (because CFS most commonly affects people in their 40s and 50s)
- sex (women are at a higher risk)
We picked most effective ways, including lifestyle changes:
- reduce stress in your life
- improve your sleep
- treat depression (in addition, low doses of some antidepressants can help improve sleep and relieve pain associated with CFS)
- try sleep aid
- stay physically active
- consider visiting therapist.