Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complicated condition that causes a person to experience extreme fatigue all day long. If you are suffering from this problem, it may not be possible for you to perform your daily activities properly. One of the main characteristics of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is that though the fatigue may worsen due to added physical or mental activity, it does not get any better with rest.

This disease is not a very common one, which is probably why it has not been well understood yet. While some health experts claim that it is a genuine medical condition and it has its own set of symptoms, others do not agree with them. There are a couple of symptoms associated with this condition, though the main one is being highly exhausted for a period of 6 months at least.

Moreover, some patients improve within a year or two and do not experience a relapse of the condition, but others may suffer from CFS symptoms for several years. There are no specific causes, treatments or diagnostic tests for this condition.

CFS patients often have a very hard time accepting that they are suffering from a disorder. Many of them would rather believe that they are tired because they are overworked, or because they are not getting an adequate amount of sleep or rest during the day. However, if you do find it difficult to work properly, or complete your daily activities because you feel exhausted for no apparent reason, it is best for you to consult a doctor. Left unchecked, CFS could lead to further complications, which include:

  • Increased absence from work
  • Social isolation
  • Significant lifestyle restrictions
  • Depression

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