– Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a condition of prolonged and severe tiredness or fatigue that is not relieved by just rest, and it is not directly caused by other more acute situations.
– Because the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be so complex, there are many, many other various, minor symptoms that go along with it. For example, fatigue lasting 24 or more hours after an amount of exercise that would normally be easily tolerated. This experience, in other words, of the body feeling drained after a normal exercise period. Number two, there could be a feeling of unrefreshedness after you have a full night of sleep. In other words, you wake up feeling kind of drained. Number three, you have symptoms of forgetfulness, or brain fog, including difficulty in concentration, as well as confusion. Number four, there could be signs of irritability, as well as anxiety. Number five, there could be different forms of headache that is different from previous types of headaches. Many people have headaches – that is one of the things that are very common – but this kind of headache that comes with chronic fatigue is very different from the ordinary headaches that a person usually gets.
– Joint pains that sometime can move from place to place, what we call migratory arthralgias, but it does not come with any joint swelling or redness, but you have pain of unknown origin in the joints. One of the important symptoms that also commonly comes up is a lymph node tenderness, especially in the neck and in the armpit. Some people can have a mild fever of 101 degrees or less, Fahrenheit. Of course, muscle ache, or myalgia, is common and not real well-defined in terms of its consistent place. Lastly, you can have muscle weakness over multiple locations not explained by any known disorder.
– It has been shown, that CFS may be caused by inflammation along with the nervous system, and this inflammation may be some sort of immune response, but again, there is no specific scientific studies to prove this as a causation factor. Other factors such as ago, prior illnesses, stress, environmental factors, and genetic makeup also play a role, and CFS is most common in women, occurring from age 30 to 50. The Center For Disease Control, the CDC, describes CFS as a distinct disorder with specific symptoms and physical signs, based on ruling out other possible causes. It is estimated that a lot of people suffer from this condition, although the exact number is really not known.
– The differential diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue include drug dependence, immune problems, infections, neurological symptoms such as those associated with multiple sclerosis, endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism, as well as heart, kidney, and liver diseases, and many mind-body conditions with psychiatric and psychological illnesses, particularly depression.
The diagnosis of CFS must include a few things. Number one is the absence of other causes of chronic fatigue, excluding depression, and these four other symptoms that’s listed, as well extreme, prolonged fatigue. Again, there are no specific test results to confirm the diagnosis of CFS. Sometimes a brain MRI can show some swelling in the brain, and in the structure of some of the nerve cells of what we call the demyelization. As well, sometimes, there could be a high level of specific white blood cells compared to other types of white blood cells, specifically, CD-4 T-cells versus CD-8 T-cells. There are also specific white cells, lymphocytes, that contain the active form of EBV or HHV-6, as we talked about earlier as a viral etiology.
– Treatment of CFS can include antiviral drugs, drugs to fight yeast infections, medication to reduce pain, discomfort, and fever, medication to treat anxiety, as well as medication to treat depression. If you have fatigue that lasts more than a few months and fail to resolve, and it’s getting worse, you should see a doctor and have an investigation.
– It comes as no surprise that secondary fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are commonly associated with Adrenal Fatigue, and especially adrenal exhaustion when it’s in stage 3, and higher. Many people come complaining of pain of unknown origin. If the adrenal glands are involved, then the fibromyalgia, as well as the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is actually secondary to the adrenals, and the good news is, once you’re able to deal and help the treatment of the adrenal glands to repair and heal itself, then oftentimes the pain from the fibromyalgia, as well as the chronic fatigue, will eventually go away by itself, and that’s the beauty of this situation. In other words, you fix the adrenals, and the CFS will get better. Of course, Adrenal Fatigue can also have metabolic problems, neurological issues, hormonal system imbalances, as well as immune system imbalances.