Excessive tiredness, inability to even do the minimal amount of task and unable to think properly all point to chronic fatigue syndrome. It can lead to weight gain and depression, both of which are detrimental to healthy living.
Table of Content:
- Check the severity of chronic fatigue syndrome
- The key symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
- What should you do
There’s general tiredness, and then there’s the feeling where you are unable to function at all because you are feeling extremely exhausted all the time.
Even a simple task like standing for a while or reading a book can get you feeling very tired and you find yourself unable to stand or sit; all you want to do is lie down and close your eyes. This is because you might be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
According to the general description given by Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition.
The condition seems to worsen with mental and physical activity. However, there is alleviation of the condition even with rest, and simple lifestyle activities seem to make it worse.
This condition is also known as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
Check the severity of chronic fatigue syndrome
According to the data sourced from Mayo Clinic, there are three levels of this disease. Based on the severity levels treatments are decided by the doctors.
Mild – You’re able to carry out everyday activities, such as work, studies or housework, but with difficulty; you may need to give up hobbies or social activities so you can rest in your spare time.
Moderate – You may have difficulty moving around easily and problems carrying out daily activities; you may not be able to work or continue with your education and may need to rest often, and you may also have problems sleeping at night.
Severe – You may only be able to do very basic daily tasks, such as brushing your teeth; you may be housebound or even bedbound and may need a wheelchair to get around; and you may also have difficulty concentrating, be sensitive to noise and light, and take a long time to recover after activities involving extra effort, such as leaving the house or talking for long periods.
The key symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
It is very tough to define why people suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome or what causes it. But general theory is that it is triggered by a combination of factors.
The possible causes could be hypotension (low blood pressure), viral or bacterial attacks, weak immune system, stress, and hormonal imbalances.
You can get CFS if you are genetically predisposed to this. Stress can have a debilitating effect on the immune system and can cause hormonal imbalance which in turn can trigger chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Symptoms include excessive and unexplained tiredness,
- Headaches, joint and muscle pain,
- Loss of memory or concentration,
- A sore throat, enlarged or tender lymph nodes in your neck or armpits,
- Insomnia and other sleep disorder.
- Physical discomfort like heavy breathing and tiredness for 24 hours after any physical activity.
What should you do?
Sadly, there are no medicines that can really cure this condition, other than offering symptomatic relief. Doctors generally recommend medicine to boost your immune system along with sleeping pills to sort out your sleeping cycle.
You will also need work with a physiotherapist to follow a structured exercise regime that ensures that your muscles are stretched and you do a range of motion exercises to ease your body into the certain level of activity.