Do you often find yourself feeling fatigued without much feasible reason? Follow doctor’s orders to get better but nothing seems to work? Sufferers of what is more commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome know the dilemma all too well. However, although such an illness has been given a name, there is much mystery surrounding what causes it, how it is treated, and if it should be classified as mental illness or some other type of disorder.
While those inflicted with the disease have fought an uphill battle when it comes to doctors not diagnosing the problem properly, new hope has risen in the form of recognition by several major health organizations, granting CFS the urgency that it requires. This has allowed for more funding and research to be put towards the disease. While it shares many of the same symptoms other troubling illnesses such as bipolar disorder, insomnia, depression, or even diabetes, doctors are now connecting CFS with the body’s autoimmune system reacting to stress.
These are the two major symptoms that you should know about:
- Serious fatigue. It goes without saying that the primary calling card of CFS is the fatigue that it brings with it. However, this level of fatigue lasts for more than just 24 hours. It even usually lasts after lots and lots of sleep. Where one should start to be concerned about the possibility of CFS is if the fatigue itself lasts for over half a year with no real sense of wavering or fading. It is also characterized by worsening with increased activity and not being affected by rest.
- Depleted energy levels. While it goes hand in hand with fatigue, if you are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you might experience a lack of energy that will negatively impact your sleep habits, physical function, and mental performance. Individuals with CFS often suffer similar symptoms to insomnia, but also have a tough time concentrating with the onset of heavy anxiety, confusion, or even depression.
Additional symptoms include:
Cognitive difficulties, fatigue even after sleeping, postexertional fatigue, depression, headaches, muscle aches, sore throat, and slight fever.
If you feel like you might have a few of these symptoms, talk to your doctor to find out more about your diagnosis and potential treatment options. If you are currently in physical therapy, your therapist would also be a great person to talk to about your current health concerns.
The Major Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome