Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

By Mary Maseko

Although it may have been around longer, it wasn't until the 1980's that the condition referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was first described and started to be understood. For every doctor you find that fully believes in the condition of CFS, you will find one who does not so in some ways medical advancement has been very slow in discovering all the facts.

The condition is now seen widely in the United States with most people affected in their early 20's to late 30's although it can affect someone at any age. There are varying degrees of seriousness and it is predominately a condition that affects women.

Some people experience more symptoms than others and those with particularly severe symptoms cannot continue anything like a normal life. Those with serious chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms who are worst hit are unable to leave their bed and are constantly tired, not even able to perform even the simplest of normal routine tasks. Younger people who have the condition generally aren't able to attend school for sometimes months on end which impacts on their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Many other symptoms other than fatigue affect someone with CFS including aches and pains in the joints and muscles, problems with sleeping, lack of any appetite plus other symptoms that may sometimes be associated with influenza but it can also cause depression and anxiety. Whilst the cause is still unknown, there is one common factor and that is the symptoms of chronic fatigue often appear after a viral infection sometimes this is associated with Epstein-Barr Virus.

Although some experts believe it has a connection with a failing in the body's own immune system, however, other theories are being tested like a reaction to specific chemicals for example. What isn't quite understood is how severe some people's condition is where they are stuck in bed for weeks or months at a time and others just for a few days while some CFS patients do not have this problem at all.

However difficult or cumbersome your symptoms are it is important to remember that there are steps you can take to improve your symptoms. The important factor for CFS sufferers to focus on is to remember that there is good treatment to relieve fatigue and suffering with many natural treatments and supplements you can take to increase energy, decrease pain, reduce anxiety and depression.

Particular treatments that focus on cleaning the system by detoxification help to rejuvenate and improve body maintenance. Chronic fatigue syndrome does not have to be for life and it is imperative that new treatments be researched and tried by the victims of this awful condition so they can claim back their lives.

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