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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a condition of persistent tiredness or exhaustion that is not relieved by normal rest and is not directly caused by another condition. Chronic fatigue is reported in more women than men and occurs most often in individuals between 40-60 years of age.

 

Causes and risk factors

The cause of chronic fatigue is unkown and the disease can display neural, endocrine, immunological, and psychological abnormalities. It is theorized that inflammation may play a role, as may viral infections, anemia, allergies, and hormone imbalances.

 

Genetics also appears to play an important role, as do environment and stress.

 

Symptoms

Chronic fatigue often begins with flu-like symptoms that persist for months or even years. The onset of fatigue does not subside even with normal amounts of sleep and rest.

Other symptoms include:

 

  • Sore throat

  • Painful and swollen lymph nodes

  • Muscle soreness

  • Joint pain

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Poor concentration

  • Loss of memory

 

Treatment

Ways to manage chronic fatigue syndrome include the following:

  • Eat a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats

  • Avoid highly refined carbohydrates

  • Correct nutrient imbalances and vitamin deficiencies

  • Engage in daily physical activity – even if it’s for only 5-10 minutes

  • Consider psychological counseling or cognitive-behavioral therapy

  • Get tested for sleep apnea or other sleep disorders

  • Learn to manage stress

  • Practice relaxation techniques – biofeedback, progressive relaxation, yoga, meditation, etc.

 

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome