Are you getting a good nights rest and still feeling tired? Are you so tired that you are unable to do much of anything else. Are you also experiencing muscle and joint pain though there is not any swelling? Maybe you also have a sore throat, night sweats, nausea, dizziness or shortness of breath. These are all symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. This disorder affects men and woman, mostly woman, in their thirties. These are men an woman who were formerly healthy. What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and how can you treat it.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder that affects the mind and various systems within the body. The Center for Disease Control first recognized this syndrome in 1988. Unfortunately, we do not know what causes CFS and there are not any specific tests that can be done to diagnose people with CFS. Doctors believe that it could have been a combination of multiple triggers such as stress, viral infection, nutrient deficiency, toxins and hormone imbalances.
The best that they can do as far as diagnosing a person with CFS is to look for the extreme fatigue that is not alleviated with rest coupled with at least four of the following symptoms. These symptoms are impaired short-term memory or concentration that has an effect on normal activities. A sore throat, tender lymph nodes in the neck or underarms, muscle pain, pain in multiple joint with no redness or swelling, headaches of a new type or severity, non-restful sleep and general malaise after physical exercise that lasts for more then 24 hours. These symptoms have to be present for six month or more.
Current research is suggesting that what CFS is, is actually myalgic encephalomyelitis which is a disorder that affects the nervous, immune and endocrine systems. Several researchers believe that it could be a new form of polio.
As frustrating as it is to feel so tired that even the simplest of tasks are to exerting there are things that you can do to help treat CFS. There are medicines that can be prescribed to treat the various symptoms, but at this time there is no conventional treatment for it. This has many sufferers of CFS looking for alternative methods.
Supplements have been effective in the treatment of CFS. Especially antioxidants, these nutrients kill some of the possible triggers such as bacteria and viruses. Other supplements known to aid in the treatment of CFS include B vitamins, Vitamin C, magnesium, sodium, zinc, L-carnitine, coenzyme Q-10, and essential fatty acids.
Herbal remedies have been used successfully as well. Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Astragalaus membranaceus, and Withania somnifera. Some help to strengthen the immune system and others work with red blood cells and maximizing oxygen delivery, improving general body function.
There is another alternative treatment known as CBT or cognitive behavior therapy. CBT has helped many patients feel improvements in general energy levels and the numbers of hours they were able to work per week. CBT has helped patients free their mind of negative thoughts and nonproductive belief systems, helping them focus on the positive things in life and learning effective coping techniques.
If you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome there are things that you can do to help you lead a more normal life. While there are not any lab tests to help us and doctors do not really understand what causes CFS there are treatments available to you.