Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Some Common Facts

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Some Common Facts. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness that exhibits symptoms in patients like constant exhaustion and flu-like symptoms, that do not go away as true flu normally does.

Persons who suffer from CFS find themselves experiencing extreme fatigue for more than a day after doing any strenuous physical activity.

CFS Symptoms: The following is a list of symptoms one may experience while suffering from CFS according to a study conducted by a International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study Group:

  • Loss of ability to remember or to be able to concentrate
  • Sore throat
  •  Axilla (armpit) and neck lymph nodes that become slightly enlarged and become painful
  • Muscle soreness that cannot be explained away as having occurred from normal causes
  • Joint pain without accompanying redness or swelling that is experienced in more than one joint
  • Unusual headaches that differ in type of pain, in pattern or in the severity of pain
  • Disturbances in sleep patterns
  • Intense exhaustion following normal type and duration of exercise

Other symptoms reported by CFS sufferers have been:

  • Pain in the abdominal area
  • Intolerance to alcohol
  • Bloating Pain in the chest region
  • Cough that is chronic (over a long period of time)
  • Dizziness
  • Eyes and mouth that become noticeably dry
  • Earache
  • Heartbeats that become irregular in timing
  • Stiffness of joints especially in the early morning
  • Nausea
  • Sweating while asleep at night
  • Periods of depression,
  • feeling anxious or experiencing panic attacks
  • Experiencing periods of being short of breath
  • Feeling tingling sensations
  • Noticing weight loss

Physicians have reported two types of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; they are Sudden Onset and Gradual Onset. 

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Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
There is little physicians know about what causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), so treating CFS can be difficult due to the unknown origin. There is also no known "cure" that will alleviate the symptoms altogether. Physicians can treat the symptoms each patient presents with and therefore give the sufferer some measure of relief. The known symptoms of CFS vary widely but include extreme fatigue, painful joints, headaches, cough, sore throat, just to name a few of the many symptoms. Because...

They report that the Sudden Onset, seems to occur quite suddenly and is often times followed symptoms of a flu-like virus, or the patient may have recently suffered a severe infection or some other type of illness just prior to noticing the CFS symptoms.

Some patients reported with having suffered an emotional stress prior to the symptoms. The Gradual Onset type of CFS were patients that observed milder symptoms that appeared more slowly over time, and increased in intensity.

Because their symptoms occur over time and are mild most of these patients did not pay as much attention and may have thought they were experiencing other mild diseases or simply dismissed them as being caused by possibly stress or some other vague reason. 

Not until their symptoms became chronic that they become concerned enough to consult a physician. Also Referred To As: You may have heard CFS referred to by other names such as: simply Chronic Fatigue or Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS).

Others call it Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), or Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS). It does not matter much which name you chose to call this illness, the effects must be overwhelming to the sufferer and to their family.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Facts 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be very difficult to diagnose correctly in children because the nature of the symptoms often mimic other diseases.

The Doctor will need to run tests to rule out any other possible cause for the child’s symptoms.

As you can imagine those suffering from either form of CFS must experience devastation, as the disease robs them of energy to complete even simple daily tasks.

CFS patients are in chronic pain and long-term pain has been known to lead to depression. Physicians often times have difficulty diagnosing CFS due to the widespread symptoms those who suffer from it may exhibit.



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