Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as CSF, is a disorder that is often associated with extreme fatigue. Even if the individual receives an adequate amount of sleep and rest, they are still experiencing this intense exhaustion. It is not uncommon for people suffering with this syndrome to have difficulty maintaining their regular schedule for six months or more.
The symptoms of this disorder often make it extremely difficult to assess and it was until a few years ago that it was considered to be an actual problem. In fact, many doctors didn’t believe this disorder existed and many believed the patient was a hypochondriac.Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can very from one person to another, but the majority of those affected do have the extreme fatigue in common. Others will also find they experience flu-like symptoms of a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and muscle aches that have no apparent explanation.
The other defined symptoms of the disorder include a noticeable loss of the ability to concentrate or a loss of memory, headaches, pain in the joints that do not cause redness or swelling, and the exhaustion, which does not go away with rest.
- You can feel exhausted at any point of the day.
- You have difficulty getting a good night sleep. You often wake up tired, like you were up for most of the night.
- You feel like you don't have any energy.
- You lack motivation.
- You have difficulty concentrating. It is hard for you to think clearly at work, and it is hard for you to remember and mentally process details.
- You may also feel depressed.
While most people who are diagnosed with the condition have most of the above symptoms, others will also experience:
- abdomen pain
- allergies or sensitivity to chemicals, foods, medications, odors
- chest pain
- night sweats or chills
- visual disturbance such as blurring, eye pain, sensitivity to light
- and an unexplained weight loss or gain
None of these symptoms are included in the actual definition of the disorder, but many physicians often find that they must be included in the Chronic Fatigue therapy plan and many often use Fibromyalgia therapy for these individuals, as well.
Although the majority of people do experience the extreme fatigue, many often have their own unique set of symptoms. What one individual is experiencing can be quite different from another person who was previously evaluated. One person could experience all of the symptoms or just a few. This is why it can be quite difficult to evaluate, and why so many health care providers actually had trouble believing the actual disorder existed.Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Unfortunately, the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is one of mystery. However, many believe that the disorder is often associated with depression, the immune system is dysfunctional, or even caused by an iron deficiency. Other causes may include:
- Low Blood Sugar
- Low Blood Pressure
- A Change in the Levels or Hormones Produced by the Body
- A Viral Infection
- Adrenal Gland Deficiency
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
Regrettably, there is no one test to determine what may be causing the symptoms you may be experiencing.