You’re tired all the time. So, so tired. You sometimes feel you can’t even do your normal, daily activities.
So, what’s wrong? You may have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). While CFS has no obvious causes and is hard to diagnose, you can treat the symptoms and find relief. Health-care professionals look for patterns of symptoms, including faulty immune systems, viral infections, or stress.
CFS differs from the normal fatigue many of us may feel on occasion. CFS’ overwhelming fatigue may last up to six months or longer.
If you have CFS, you may also experience chronic pain, headaches, sore throat, and muscle and joint pain.
Other symptoms may include:
- Memory problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Sleep problems
Women are four times more likely than men to suffer CFS, which afflicts more than a million Americans.
Health-care professionals diagnose CFS primarily by ruling out other conditions. While CFS has no cure, treatment strategies can help alleviate its symptoms and help you “feel” better.
Medications may help with some symptoms, such as sleep problems. Counseling can help you cope with the anxiety, depression, or anger that sometimes coincides with CFS.
Healthy, balanced, and responsible living may lead to long periods of remission. Learning to manage your activity levels can greatly improve your condition as well.
Recipe adapted from WebMD
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