- 1 NATURAL TREATMENT OF CRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
- 2 Causes of chronic fatigue syndrome
NATURAL TREATMENT OF CRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
CHARACTERISTICS OF CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
What is CFS?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by the fact that the person who suffers it presents a general tiredness and lack of energy that does not improve with rest and does not occur as a result of a particular disease.
Also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue or just ‘yuppie flu’, it is a type of syndrome that can be chronic or recurrent.
It is not relieved by rest and produces a series of dramatic consequences in individuals who suffer it.
Chronic fatigue syndrome can affect anyone of any age and sex, including children and adolescents, but it mainly occurs in women between 30 and 50 years old.
Chronic fatigue syndrome versus other diseases producing fatigue
You need to separate this syndrome from another series of diseases that also produce general fatigue. Among them we can mention the following:
Poisoning caused by drugs or medications.
Chronic fatigue syndrome consequences
Chronic fatigue syndrome produces such a state in the body of the person who suffers it that his quality of life is diminished considerably, to the point of preventing such common activities in a healthy person as dressing, bathing, preparing meals, go for a walk, etc..
This inability to bring a “normal” personal or social life and perform a work activity for extended periods of six months or more than 6 months is what defines and characterizes this syndrome mainly with respect to other physical or psychological illnesses that also cause fatigue.
During this period of time symptoms may be continuous or recurring, that is to say, they appear and disappear only to reappear one day or another.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is not contagious.
Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
The main symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome may include the following:
Fatigue: It is the most characteristic symptom. Fatigue appears suddenly for no apparent reason and lasts for six months or more. The body tires with almost half of effort than it was used to previously. This fatigue does not improve with rest or staying in bed. Fatigue is often accompanied by muscle weakness.
People who suffer from this syndrome try goodly perform normal activity working harder than they should. When performing actions that involve a lot of effort, they often fall out and need bed rest for several days to recover.
Pain: is one of the symptoms that come with chronic fatigue syndrome. The body may feel joint pain, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, etc.. The joint areas are not red or swollen, as when joint pain is due to other causes such as arthritis or osteoarthritis. The throat may appear flushed but with no pus or secretions.
Fever: This symptom is usually accompanied by a mild fever (38, 3 º C or lower) and sometimes chills.
Sensitivity in lymph nodes: The lymph nodes in the armpits or neck may appear swollen and become tender.
Loss of memory and mental concentration: You can see a sudden memory loss related to mental problems like lack of mental concentration, lack of clarity, confusion, agitation, etc..
Loss or increase in appetite: Appetite may be increased or decreased.
Hypotension: In some cases it can cause sudden drops in blood pressure in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome when they are active, standing or in hot environments.
Causes of chronic fatigue syndrome
It is not known exactly what is the real cause which produces this syndrome. But a number of theories have been postulated on it:
Resulting from a viral disease: According to some experts, the main trigger of this syndrome would be a virus left in the body after some illnesses, such as influenza virus. Also this syndrome has been associated with EpsteinBarr virus or herpes virus.
According to this theory, the virus of any of these diseases would be responsible for the deterioration of the immune system and would remain dormant until activated again, so it would trigger the syndrome. However, this theory failed to prove that any of these viruses directly cause this disorder.
Results of an allergy: The deterioration of the immune system, caused by different agents could produce allergycausing immune reactions that would trigger the chronic fatigue syndrome. Although we have seen that the immune system of these patients may have abnormalities, these also appear in other diseases in which the defenses are weakened, such as cancer or AIDS.
Results of other physical illness: in addition to certain viral diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome has also been attributed to other physical and metabolic problems, rheumatic diseases, Lyme disease, hypertension, hormonal problems, nervous system diseases, and so on.
Resulting from a mental illness: For some time it was considered that depression may be the trigger of this syndrome. The general opinion now is that depression is a negative consequence of this syndrome and not the factor that triggers it. Other factors, such as stress, are being discussed as potential triggers.
Resulting from the ingestion of toxins: According to this theory, ingestion of environmental toxins (contaminated food, drugs or medications) may trigger this syndrome. The fact that this anomaly will appear in people who are getting older, justifies, according to its supporters, the theory of the accumulation of toxins in the body.
Inheritance: It is believed that some people may have a predisposition to this syndrome.
- Produced by various disorders: According to this theory, chronic fatigue syndrome is but a number of symptoms which respond to various disorders that occur simultaneously in the body.
Diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome
The diagnosis of this disorder is performed first ruling out other causes, mentioned above, which could cause extreme fatigue. The doctor also performs a series of physical examinations for the presence of physical evidence that could suggest the appearance of this syndrome (tender and swollen lymph nodes, low fever, pharyngitis without pus or secretions) Other neurological tests (magnetic resonance imaging) or chemical analysis may be needed to facilitate the diagnosis.
To definitely consider that it is the chronic fatigue syndrome is needed to fulfill two essential requirements: the patient has at least 4 symptoms of all of the above and extreme fatigue lasts, continuously or recurrently, for at least 6 months. Of course, fatigue does not improve with rest and do not respond to other physical or psychological causes or as a result of significant physical activity.
Treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome
Conventional treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome is intended to improve the symptoms of this syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome can not be cured, but the condition of patients can be improved. Conventional treatment includes:
Analgesics and antipyretics for pain and fever
Antidepressants and anxiolytics for the treatment of depression and anxiety that may arise as a result of the disorder.
In addition to this medication, it is recommended a healthy diet, relaxing activities, adequate rest and effective control of exercise and physical activity.
The natural treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome involves the use of a series of natural resources that will help the patient feel better.
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