Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome involves constant, disabling fatigue
which is not relieved by bed rest.

Do you know that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects 0.3% to 1.0% of the Western population?
It primarily afflicts (white) women between the ages 25 and 45

Due to the rarity of the disease and the lack of standard level of care in terms of testing, chronic fatigue (and fibromyalgia, which are often related) can be difficult to diagnose and the person may suffer for months or years before finding the right diagnosis.

The Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - CFS -

Chronic (prolonged) fatigue is the primary symptom of CFS - the usual definition of diagnosed CFS is:
Fatigue of new onset lasting more than six months with a 50% reduction in activity.

The following symptoms may be present in some or all of the people afflicted with the disease:

  • Hypotension – in all CFS sufferers
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes (Adenitis )
  • Slight Fever may occur at times
  • Recurrent Sore Throats (Pharyngitis).
  • Muscle Pain
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Impaired Concentration Ability
  • Poor Attention Span
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Memory Impairment
  • Insufficient Sleep
  • Since lack of SLEEP is so important in all CFS people I will add this: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers have severely disrupted and insufficient quantities of sleep known as: Slow-Wave Sleep. It is the type known as Alpha/Delta Sleep (characterized by a mixture of Delta Waves and Alpha Waves instead of purely Delta Waves). In recent history there has been a lot of information released on the condition known as SLEEP APNEA. It is characterized by the person waking several times in the night often interrupting sleep when the body gets the most rest. People with this condition literally stop breathing in their sleep.

    The body wakes up enough to start breathing again. Even if the person isn’t aware of the wake cycle, the body itself is aware and is forced to go through the day running on empty so to speak... In some cases you can guarantee your fatigue problem is related to other health issues.

    It isn’t uncommon for events like pregnancy, chronic illness like heart disease and diabetes, as well as just run of the mill viruses or bacteria infections can create a fatigued feeling.

    However for people with fibromyalgia, their fatigue is something else all together. With this disorder, the patient feels tired no matter how much sleep they actually get. For that matter some medical experts believe fibro-myalgia and sleep disorders may be closely related.

    Theories are endless, yet there is presently no agreement within medical or naturopathic disciplines as to the cause of CFS. Here's another approach to chronic fatigue syndrome from Tanya Tkach, Spiritual Counselor and Psychic Medium. Check it out.

    However, it’s a relief to know that there is help out there. It may take some time to get the right diagnosis, but the medical community and concerned professionals are there to help.

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