Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions

 

Causes for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unknown. Some theories suggest CFS may be due to:

  • Inflammation in the nervous system, because of a faulty immune system response
  • Your age
  • Previous illnesses
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors
  • CFS most commonly occurs in women ages 30 to 50.

Symptoms & Tiredness

CFS as a distinct disorder with specific symptoms and physical signs, based on ruling out other possible causes. Its diagnosed after your health care provider rules out other possible causes of fatigue, including:

  • Drug dependence
  • Immune or autoimmune disorders
  • Infections
  • Muscle or nerve diseases (such as multiple sclerosis)
  • Endocrine diseases (such as hypothyroidism)
  • Other illnesses (such as heart, kidney, or liver diseases)
  • Psychiatric or psychological illnesses, particularly depression
  • Tumors

Treatment of Chronic Fatigue

Medications, local electrical stimulation, and brain stimulation, as well as surgery, are some treatments for chronic pain. Some physicians use placebos, which in some cases has resulted in a lessening or elimination of pain. Psychotherapy, relaxation and medication therapies, biofeedback, and behavior modification may also be employed to treat chronic pain.

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