Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Why Some Are Always Tired


CFS or chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex condition well-known for causing extreme exhaustion that cannot be fully explained by any other medical condition. The fatigue can become worse when you undergo mental or physical activities. It usually does not get better no matter how much sleep or rest you acquire. 

Other terms for chronic fatigue are SEID (systemic exertion intolerance disease) or ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). Also, it has an abbreviation of ME/CFS.

Currently, no single exam can diagnose or confirm chronic fatigue syndrome. However, there are many medical tests that a doctor can order to make sure there is no underlying problem that causes your chronic fatigue symptoms. Various health problems are similar to this condition and have almost the same signs. Numerous specialists and medical doctors focus on eliminating individual symptoms instead of caring for the disease as a whole package.

What Triggers Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition not fully understood. Some people are born to have a predisposition for this particular disorder. Also, it could stem from several potential factors that trigger it.

  • Viral Infections

Chronic fatigue sometimes appears after viral infections in some individuals. As a result, this makes doctors wonder if viruses would trigger this condition. Here are some of the viruses linked to CFS:

  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Human herpesvirus 6
  • Mouse leukemia
  • Immune System Problems

Researchers noted that people with CFS have slightly impaired immune systems. However, whether this is enough to bring on CFS is unclear.

  • Hormonal Imbalances

Individuals with chronic fatigue often have abnormal blood levels of the hormones produced by the pituitary glands, hypothalamus, and the adrenal glands.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

These are the most frequent symptoms of CFS, although they can vary from person to person:  

  • Poor concentration
  • A sore throat
  • Abnormal headaches
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your armpits or neck
  • A mild fever
  • Exhaustion you cannot shake off (lasts for more than a day after physical or mental exercise)
  • Sleep that does not make you feel refreshed
  • Extreme fatigue not alleviated by rest
  • Unexplained joint or muscle pain
  • Memory loss
  • Depression

Risk Factors of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There are a few factors that can make you more susceptible to CFS than anyone else. Here are those risk factors:

  • Age

CFS is frequently seen in people between 40 to 50 years old, although it may occur at any age.

  • Stress levels

When you have great difficulty managing your stress levels, you are highly likely to be susceptible to CFS.

  • Gender

Women are predisposed to getting CFS more often compared to men.

A Study Uncovered Critical Info About CFS

A study conducted observed the reactions of 60 chronic fatigue patients compared to 20 healthy patients. Each patient performed specific actions, lie on their back, and do leg lifts for at least 15 minutes. Some patients had weight resistance while doing leg lifts. Other patients had a leg lift activity that did stress the muscles (similar to a placebo).

Next, group A - those doing real leg lifts and group B - the ones performing fake leg lifts got contacted 24 hours later. Then, they were requested to report their symptoms. Group A reported they experienced significant increases in their problems with concentration and body pain. And 24 hours later, they revealed more problems with lightheadedness and several other symptoms than those in group B. 

This study revealed an interesting piece of information: people with CFS can become significantly affected by a simple thing such as leg lifts, resulting in fatigue, pain, and mental distress. It also showed how even normal, daily activities can trigger flare-ups of chronic fatigue among patients.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic to Relieve Chronic Fatigue

In another study, this one looked at the life quality of 19 individuals who had chronic fatigue syndrome before having an upper cervical chiropractor work on them. Each patient received monitoring for at least six months after receiving the spinal adjustment to ensure their atlas vertebra stayed in place. What were the results?

There was a significant increase in overall wellness and health from 30.3 (before) to 55.6 (afterward). Mental health improved from 46.4 to 68.6 after six months. Thus, the overall results saw an immediate 50% improvement. It proved that upper cervical chiropractic care could help give relief, reduce pain, and improve some chronic fatigue symptoms.

Upper cervical chiropractors begin by examining the neck for slight misalignments in the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae. Misalignments in this area can put pressure and stress on the brainstem. Thus, causing the brainstem to give wrong signals to the brain. When the brainstem tells the brain that the body is exhausted, chronic fatigue syndrome can result, and by correcting this critical issue, the CFS symptoms will become reduced.

If you display symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and would need to experience natural relief, upper cervical chiropractic care may be just what you need today. Many CFS sufferers came to us feeling exhausted but experienced relief after our care.

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