Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is Chronic Fatigue?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is a complex and debilitating condition characterised by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn't improve with rest. Individuals with Chronic fatigue syndrome is “always tired”. In addition, individuals with CFS often experience a range of other symptoms, such as:

  1. Cognitive difficulties or "brain fog"
  2. Muscle and joint pain
  3. Sore throat
  4. Headaches
  5. Un-refreshing sleep
  6. Post-exertional malaise, where physical or mental exertion leads to a worsening of symptoms
  7. Tender lymph nodes
  8. Lack of energy

What causes extreme tiredness?

The exact cause of CFS is not fully understood, and it may involve a combination of factors, including viral infections, immune system dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, and psychological stressors.

How do you treat Chronic Fatigue?

Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome typically involves a multidisciplinary approach aimed at addressing the specific causes, managing symptoms and improving overall quality of life. This could involve the following:

  1. Symptom Management: Medications may be prescribed to alleviate specific symptoms such as pain, sleep disturbances, and depression.
  2. Lifestyle Changes: Adopting healthy lifestyle habits such as regular exercise (within individual tolerance levels), balanced diet, stress management techniques, and improving sleep hygiene can help manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.
  3. Nutrition & Supplements: Individuals often find relief from symptoms through a tailored supplement and nutrition plan based on blood test results.
  4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): CBT can help individuals develop coping strategies to manage the psychological and emotional impact of CFS. It can also help address negative thought patterns and behaviours that may exacerbate symptoms.
  5. Graded Exercise Therapy (GET): This structured exercise program involves gradually increasing physical activity levels over time. It's important for individuals to work closely with a healthcare provider to develop a personalised exercise plan that doesn't exacerbate symptoms.
  6. Pacing: Learning to pace oneself and avoid overexertion is crucial in managing CFS symptoms. This involves balancing activity and rest to avoid worsening fatigue.
  7. Physical Therapies: Some individuals find relief from symptoms through other therapies such as acupuncture and massage therapy.
  8. Support Groups: Connecting with others who have CFS through support groups or online forums can provide valuable emotional support and practical advice for managing the condition.

It's essential for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome to work closely with a your doctor to develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses your specific symptoms and needs. Treatment may involve a trial-and-error process to find the most effective combination of therapies for each individual.

Can I recover from Chronic Fatigue?

While there isn't a single cure for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), many people do experience improvement in their symptoms over time with the right approach. Our doctors have helped many people battling with chronic tiredness to improve their lives.


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