Dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome can be described as a condition where one has long term tiredness which turns into fatigue. The cause of this condition is not fully understood; however, a lot of research is being carried out. Even though the causes are not known, the treatment is often purely symptomatic. Most health care professionals refer to this condition as ME, which stands for myalgia encephalomyelitis. From the first part of the name, one can deduce that it affects the muscles, and the second part relates with the brain together with the spinal cord.
Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
One cannot explain with absolute surety the causes of this condition; some of the theories put forward that are commonly used are the viral ones. This theory suggests that the condition is triggered by a virus. However, if this is really the case, why then do the symptoms persist even if there is no diagnosis of a virus? One other set back of the theory is also due to the fact that most people suffering from it do not show any sign of a viral infection in the beginning.
Some of the factors that have been linked with the condition may be due to the following:
·Depression that may result from traumatic occurrences
·Viral infections, e.g. glandular fever, cytomegalovirus, etc.
Effects/ Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The first effect which is often treated as a symptom is the feeling of unnecessary tiredness. This is a primary feature of the disorder and can be intermittent or constant in its nature. The tiredness goes further and limits you from carrying out your daily chores. The unique thing about this tiredness is that it does not result from any exercise, neither is it from the muscle being weak.
The condition in its early stages inhibits you from performing simple chores, such as domestic ones. You can do them, but in a sluggish manner. As the condition worsens, your mobility will be limited. You will not have the energy to perform the simple tasks that you were once able to do. In severe cases, the individual is not capable of doing even the simplest of tasks. This can also be accompanied by mental tiredness, where concentration can be an issue to many individuals affected.
Managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It is very important that CFS is managed properly in its early stages. This is crucial in order to achieve a faster and better outcome. You can utilise painkillers to deal with the joint pains that may result from the fatigue. This pain can also be felt in the muscles. If depression is linked directly to the condition, then your health care professional may prescribe medication to improve the mood.
Behaviour management can also be used in dealing with the chronic fatigue syndrome. This goes without saying, that you will need to do regular exercises, get better rest and sleep, and go for behaviour therapy, should you need to.
It is unfortunate that people feel they need to live with such a debilitating condition, when in many cases, complementary medicine has such a high success rate in assisting this disorder. During my 36 years in practice as a naturopath I have seen so many patients that have been living this way for many years, which I feel is so unnecessary. Many of patients have recovered very well. These patients have not only noted major improvement in their quality of life, but have gone on to live both a happy and productive life as well. Naturopathic Treatment.
Author: John D. McGuire