What is Chronic Fatigue?
Many people suffer from feelings of tiredness or lethargy that recur on a regular basis. In the majority of cases, these are attributable to things like poor sleep, stress, or other lifestyle factors that can be managed. When fatigue persists for a long time, however, there may be a different medical explanation.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also called CFS, is a relatively rare but serious condition. It can be debilitating for sufferers. The disorder presents ongoing, pervasive feelings of fatigue that are not created by any other discernible medical problem.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Mysterious Condition
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has no known cause, although those who have suffered from certain forms of infection in the past are believed to be at a greater risk of developing it. Because it can be easily mistaken for other conditions, it is often difficult to obtain an accurate CFS diagnosis.
How do you know if you have CFS? It consists of severe, ongoing fatigue that lasts for a period of six months or more. It may co-exist with conditions, such as insomnia, that impair sleep – or those such as anemia, which may make you tired.
The challenge for doctors and patients alike is that CFS is not caused by these conditions.
As a result, doctors do not typically suspect CFS at the start of a course of treatment. Patients who believe they may be suffering from CFS should undergo a series of tests that will help them rule out various other potential causes for the symptoms they experience.
Understanding the Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
As the name suggests, deep fatigue that does not improve with bed rest is the main feature of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. On its own, however, it is insufficient to prove the presence of the disorder. Over time, most patients encounter at least some of these additional symptoms:
- Significant problems concentrating or remembering details;
- Sore throat, possibly accompanied by tender lymph nodes;
- Muscle and joint pain not including any swelling or redness.
Although fatigue is a consistent factor in CFS, some activities may make it worse. For example, many CFS sufferers find it difficult to engage in vigorous exercise. They may have heightened discomfort following physical exertion.
CFS Risk Factors and Effect on Quality of Life
Young and middle-aged adults are at greatest risk of developing the condition. Women are more susceptible than men. CFS is often so serious that it makes it difficult for the patient to function at work, school, or even at home. This can lead to depression and other psychological concerns.
CFS Treatment Options: When to See a Doctor
Although chronic fatigue syndrome cannot be cured, many of the symptoms can be reduced. If you notice you have been struggling to “get by” with fatigue that isn’t alleviated through rest, it is a good idea to see a doctor who specializes in CFS care.
There is no medication designed solely for CFS treatment. The best approach is an integrative therapy that minimizes systemic burdens on the body, helping it function more efficiently. Stress and other factors that can contribute to CFS can then be moderated.
At New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation, we offer all of the following approaches:
- Nutrition counseling;
- Exercise and stress management;
- Sleep hygiene.
For the best possible results, it’s essential your course of treatment is customized to your needs.
The experts at New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation have years of experience working with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients, including those whose condition has been resistant to treatment. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 718.301.5955 to learn more.