Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What is it and how can it be treated?

Fatigue and tiredness are one of the most common complaints from a patient to a medical provider. But how does one know if this is not just the normal everyday fatigue?

With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome the person will complain of fatigue that has persisted for several months. This is NOT something that the person has felt before. It is disabling enough to interfere with the person’s normal everyday activities. Even if the person gets really good rest, it usually does not make a difference


What causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

The cause is actually unknown. In the past it was thought that the virus Epstein-Barr was the cause. However, there is actually no evidence of a single cause. It appears that the cause is a dysfunction of some sort in the immune system. Often, it is a reaction to an acute or recent illness.

How is it diagnosed?

A person has to have a “new” onset of fatigue (not lifelong). This can’t result from ongoing exertion nor is it relieved with rest. Other symptoms such as short-term memory loss, postexertion fatigue lasting more than a day, sore throat, and headache MUST persist for 6 months or more in order to diagnose this as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Other causes like thyroid diseases, psychologic causes, and depression also must be ruled out.

How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome treated?

If you are diagnosed with CFS, the good news is that it has been reported that 50% of patients will recover in two years. There are several strategies that may help a person suffering from CFS. Proper diet, adequate rest periods, and mild to moderate exercise will help greatly. Cognitive behavioral therapy is also important. To treat the sleep dysfunction often associated, Acupuncture can greatly help to balance out sleeping patterns. It is also important for the person to seek support emotionally through the illness, and to also treat the musculoskeletal system through massage and Chiropractic.

Our team here at Elevation Chiropractic & Wellness are anxious to help you manage the stresses that come with having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Through our Dietitian, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapists or Chiropractors, we have many different providers that can help you get through it more comfortably!

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