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Summary about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts at least six months and cannot be explained fully by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue deepens with neurological exertion but does not improve with rest.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Facts and Figures

Chronic fatigue syndrome affects hundreds of people in Pakistan. It most commonly occurs in adults, but children can get CFS in rare cases. It is four times more common among women than men, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Facts and statistics about chronic fatigue syndrome have been given below:

Worldwide Prevalence of CFS0.4% to 2.5%
Commonly AffectsAdults 
At-Risk GenderFemales
Age for Early symptomsYoung to middle-aged adults
Average Age for Diagnosis40 and 60 years 
Problems related to Chronic Fatigue SyndromeMuscle or joint pain, Dizziness, Mental or Physical Exhaustion
Specialists Who Treat Chronic Fatigue SyndromeRheumatologists

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will cause the following signs and symptoms;

  • Fatigue
  • Memory or concentration issues
  • Throat discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Lymph nodes in your neck or armpits are enlarged
  • Muscle or joint pain that is not explained
  • Dizziness that worsens when moving from a lying or sitting position to a standing position
  • Sleep was unrefreshing

Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Although the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, there are numerous theories ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. 
  • Some experts believe that chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by a combination of factors. There is no single test that can be used to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Preventive Measures of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The preventive measures for chronic fatigue syndrome are;

  • Avoid overexertion
  • Don’t take the stress
  • Treat illnesses at the start
  • Take extra rest around special events
  • Filter out your limits
  • Adopt a good schedule
  • Boost your energy level with the help of food

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment

  • Although there is no specific medicine for treating ME/CFS, medication can be used to alleviate some of the symptoms. 
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with headaches, muscle and joint pain, and so on.
  • Stronger pain relievers can be prescribed by a doctor, but they should only be used for a short period of time

There are currently no new treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2021.