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Summary about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis is a complex neuro-immune disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts at least six months and cannot be explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue deepens with neurological exertion but does not improve with rest. It results in difficulty concentrating. Chronic fatigue syndrome affects hundreds of people every year around the world. It most commonly occurs in adults, but children can also get CFS in rare cases. It is more common among women than men.

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 CFS
0.4% to 2.5%
Commonly Affects
Adults
At-Risk Gender
Females
Age for Early symptoms
Young to middle-aged adults
Average Age for Diagnosis
40 and 60 years
Problems related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Muscle or joint pain, Dizziness, Mental or Physical Exhaustion
Specialists Who Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Rheumatologists


Diagnose of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

No specific tests can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome and mostly it is the result of an underlying medical condition like sleep disorders, anemia, thyroid disorders, etc.

It is diagnosed based on the duration of the symptoms and the extent of the disease affecting everyday routine.

Treatment of CFS

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

  • Certain sleeping pills might help in treating some sleep-related symptoms

Complications associated with CFS

Chronic fatigue syndrome may result in complications including;

  • Development of mental illnesses

  • Unable to carry out everyday tasks

  • Suicidal thoughts

Risks of developing CFS

Chronic fatigue syndrome can affect anybody at any age but certain factors that play a part in increasing the risk of developing chronic fatigue syndrome include;

  • It is more common in middle or young aged people 

  • CFS is more common in females

  • Genetic factors and family history may increase the risk of the disease 

  • Stress can increase the chances of developing the disease

  • Allergies may end up in developing chronic fatigue syndrome

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Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will cause the following signs and symptoms;

  • Fatigue

  • Memory or concentration issues

  • 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

  • Unrefreshing sleep

  • Insomnia

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Sore throat

  • Irregular heartbeat

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. They include:

  • 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

  • Viral infections

  • Bacterial infections

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Weakened immune system

  • Emotional or physical distress

Preventive Measures of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The preventive measures for chronic fatigue syndrome are;

  • Avoid overexertion

  • Don’t overburden yourself

  • 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 healthy food

  • Get your vitamins and minerals level checked

  • Limit caffeine intake