This is your source for the chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) information you need in order to make informed healthcare decisions. We’re going to take you step by step through chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms, causes, and treatments. Let’s start by examining the symptoms.
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Please keep in mind that this symptoms list is not intended for self-diagnosis. You should still see a doctor to ensure that these symptoms are not indicative of another condition. One of the difficulties in getting a CFS diagnosis is that many symptoms are similar to other conditions that need to be ruled out. Here are some of the more common chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.
Chronic fatigue often seems to appear gradually but out of the blue. Are there any chronic fatigue syndrome causes to watch out for? Unfortunately, everything seems to be guesswork at this point. Here are a few educated guesses that researchers have put together.
When talking about chronic fatigue syndrome treatments, please take the word treatment with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, most traditional treatments for CFS just cover up some of the symptoms. The most common medications that are prescribed are antidepressants. The idea behind this is that these drugs may help the patient to sleep and also experience less pain. The dose of antidepressants prescribed for CFS is far lower than that prescribed for clinical depression.
Another common approach is cognitive behavioral therapy. One of the primary triggers for a CFS flare-up is stress or emotional trauma. Talking things out with a counselor has helped many to be able to reduce the frequency of flare-ups by providing an outlet for stress or emotionally challenging situations.
Graded exercise is an important chronic fatigue syndrome treatment. While this doesn’t do anything to eliminate the condition, it can keep CFS symptoms from growing worse. One problem CFS patients have is that they grow sedentary out of fear of wearing themselves out. One day of exercise leads to a week in bed, so they don’t try to work out again. As a result, unused joints grow stiff, and weight gain places more strain on the body. Starting extremely light and gradually increasing exercise intensity has proved a beneficial way to add daily exercise to the life of a patient with CFS.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to upper cervical chiropractic care. It is a natural way to find relief from chronic health problems like CFS or fibromyalgia. This subspecialty of chiropractic that focuses on providing precise and gentle adjustments for the top two bones of the spine can help the nervous system to function optimally and may improve blood flow to the brain.
If you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, especially if you have ever been in an accident or suffered a whiplash-type injury, upper cervical chiropractic may be just the thing to help ease your symptoms and restore some quality of life. To learn more, find a practitioner near you today.
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