Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the more common name of the condition myalgic encephalomyelitis. If you have this painful and fatiguing condition, what do you need to know in order to break free from it? Perhaps you feel disappointed in both traditional and homeopathic remedies that didn’t produce much results. Let’s take a closer look at chronic fatigue syndrome to help you identify a way to get natural relief that can boost your quality of life.
“Am I the Only One Who Feels This Way?”
Knowing you are not alone is an important part of being able to deal with a chronic illness. It’s not that you want anyone else to have to go through what you are. You just want to know that there is someone out there who knows how you feel and how difficult even the regular day to day activities can be when you are always exhausted and in pain.
Rest assured that you are far from alone in dealing with myalgic encephalomyelitis. While there is no exact figure (perhaps due to how difficult it can be to get an official diagnosis), ME Action estimates that there could be as many as 15 to 30 million people who have chronic fatigue syndrome. So you can imagine the effects that this condition have on a global scale.
The Insidious Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
One of the things that you have to deal with as a CFS patient is the ignorant people who believe that chronic fatigue syndrome just means that you are tired all the time. They may not even believe that you are really sick – that it is all in your head or that you are just lazy. Perhaps you have heard comments like this from individuals who are uneducated on this illness. However, chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms are many and varied. Here are some of the more debilitating ones.
Mental and physical exhaustion
Most people associate physical fatigue with CFS, but don’t realize the mental fatigue that also accompanies it. That means that not only physical exertion but also mental exertion can cause symptoms to flare.
Sometimes even doctors confuse the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia because both conditions cause widespread pain in the body. The good news is that the natural therapy we will address at the end of our article can help many chronic conditions including both chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
These collective symptoms are sometimes referred to as brain fog. Basically, you may experience confusion, memory issues, and difficulty concentrating.
Inhibited immune system
Researchers debate whether this is a symptom or is the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome. Some believe that an inhibited immune system makes someone more likely to develop the condition. Others believe that the diminished immune system function occurs as a result of CFS.
Don’t confuse being fatigue for being tired. Between the pain and some of the other symptoms of this condition, sleep can be difficult to come by, and that only adds to the fatigue. It is important to have as regular a sleep schedule as possible if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome.
Sensitivities to lights, sounds, and smells are all common with chronic fatigue syndrome. This is another symptom that can also be a trigger, so watch out for bright lights, loud or repetitive sounds, and strong smells when you are having a good day or things can go bad quickly.
Finding Natural Relief for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In case studies, upper cervical chiropractors have been able to restore quality of life for a number of chronic fatigue syndrome patients. The patients in the case studies were all experiencing an upper cervical misalignment, a common subluxation that occurs at the top of the neck. It very often occurs following a head or neck injury, but it can also be caused by normal wear and tear, especially when poor posture is involved.
Upper cervical chiropractors are subspecialists in the chiropractic field who focus on the C1 and C2, the top two bones in the neck. Using diagnostic imaging, practicioners take precise measurements of the misalignments. Then, they make a custom adjustment for each patient. There is no popping or cracking of the spine. Adjustments are gentle and are thus long-lasting. Once the surrounding soft tissue heals from any damage, you should be able to space your appointments out further, making this a cost-effective way to get some relief. That is always good news for someone dealing with a chronic illness.
If you are dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome, don’t give up hope. Upper cervical chiropractic has been helping many chronic fatigue sufferers regain their quality of life. To see what this natural therapy can do for your overall health and wellbeing, find a practitioner in your area today. A no-obligation consultation may be the start of your journey to having more energy. Don’t give into despair. Use the search feature on this site to find one of our preferred practitioners today!