Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated condition. Characterized by extreme fatigue, it cannot be explained by any underlying conditions and can grow worse with physical or mental exertion. Unlike ordinary fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome does not improve with rest. No one knows what causes the condition, but many believe that viral infections and psychological stress contribute to its development. To be diagnosed, patients need to undergo many different medical tests to rule out other conditions, though CFS symptoms usually last six months or longer.
If you think you might have chronic fatigue syndrome but are not quite sure, read on to learn more about the symptoms, possible causes, and risk factors of the condition.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Fatigue that does not go away with rest
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Memory and concentration problems
- Muscle and joint pain
- Exhaustion after physical or mental strain
- Lightheadedness or dizziness when standing or sitting upright
If you experience any of these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, talk to a doctor.
Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Those who have CFS seem to be sensitive to small amounts of stress and exercise. The reason for this disorder is not known for certain. While some people seem to be born with it, others can develop it over time. For those who develop CFS, potential triggers can include:
- Hormonal Imbalances – Those who have chronic fatigue syndrome often also have imbalances in the amount of hormones their bodies produce.
- Problems with the immune system – Chronic fatigue syndrome also seems to stem from impaired immune systems. While many people who have CFS also have immune system problems, the link between the two is still not known to be causal.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Risk Factors
While anyone can have CFS, there are some risk factors that increase the chances of having the disorder, including:
- Your age—CFS can affect anyone, but it is most common in people in their 40s to 50s.
- Stress factors in your life—if you can’t deal with stress in a healthy way, you can develop CFS.
- Your sex—Women are more likely to be diagnosed with CFS, which could mean that they develop it more or are more likely to report their symptoms than men.
Get the Help You Need to Treat Your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
If you have been suffering from fatigue that has lasted for six months or longer and it hasn’t gotten better with rest or other treatments, you might have chronic fatigue syndrome. Leaving CFS unchecked could lead to a drastic reduction in your quality of life, making you less effective at work and giving you less enjoyment when you are with your family. It’s time to say enough is enough! Get in touch with us today to learn how we cell therapy can help you overcome this terrible condition. You can view our upcoming clinic dates here. Don’t wait because space goes fast.