Chronic Fatigue

“If you are not ready to alter your way of life, you cannot begin to heal.” – Hippocrates (460-377 B.C). You will find here information, articles and books addressing the positive holistic approach to Chronic Fatigue.

Chronic Fatigue

Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is also sometimes referred to as ME and is a condition in which the sufferer experiences a severe form of fatigue which fails to improve after rest. For many years, CFS was not diagnosed as a health condition but is now recognised by the Department of Health as an actual long-term disease.

You can develop CFS at any age but it most commonly starts in people aged between 20 and 45. Women are more likely to suffer than men though the reason for this is unclear. CFS is usually triggered after illness such a flu virus and the patient will often notice a distinctive starting point to the condition. Even after sleep and rest the extreme fatigue continues and therefore makes you less able to cope with normal levels of day to day activity. Normal physical activity is likely to make you feel extremely tired. The main symptoms of CFS include muscle and joint pain (but with no swelling), severe fatigue that lasts more than 24 hours after non excessive or normal exercise, forgetfulness, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances and flu-like symptoms. You may also experience headaches and feel faint or dizzy. The level of symptoms can vary from day to day.

The cause of CFS is unknown but it is not a contagious condition. It can often be triggered by an illness or infection but it is a distinctively different tiredness than that which usually occurs after a flu virus for example. Glandular fever is thought to be a common trigger for CFS and it can be extremely distressing as often the sufferer was previously fit and active and will sometimes be unable to even get out of bed. CFS is very difficult to diagnose as there are no specific physical symptoms which indicate the condition. Your GP may carry out blood tests to eliminate other conditions but there are no tests specifically designed for CFS. Treatment is therefore geared toward managing the symptoms and is unique to each sufferer. Conventional treatments include exercise therapy and the recommendation of pain relief medicines such as ibuprofen to relieve joint pain and headaches.

However, as CFS does not have a physical presence within the body, it cannot be treated or cured with the use of medication. It is a lifestyle condition which must be managed according to the individual and often holistic approaches such as acupuncture and relaxation therapy are recommended to relief symptoms and to ease the severe levels of fatigue. It is also vital to choose the correct diet to help your body absorb the right nutrients in order to optimise energy levels which is vital for managing CFS. Educating yourself in understanding the benefits of supplements, herbal remedies or other natural substances and how these help to restore and increase energy levels is also advantageous. Cognitive behavioural therapy can be very effective and is a psychological treatment which identifies the way you think and how this can cause problematic feelings and behaviour. The therapy encourages you to change your way of thinking and react more positively which will boost your self esteem and confidence. CFS can lead to depression due to being extremely debilitating and therefore managing your inner thoughts can be very beneficial in helping the patient cope with the physical symptoms. Here at Megavista, we focus on the positive, holistic approach to managing and ultimately treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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