Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Do You Have It?

February 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Little knowledge is absolutely dangerous. In fact, it is even lethal to know so little about something. Either you end up doing what you should not be doing or you take for granted what you should be doing in the first place. Thus, your action or inaction could cause you your precious life, or lifestyle as the case may be.

What a shame that is, don’t you think? Take the case of people already exhibiting the varied symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome who mistakenly assumes that their body’s involuntary tremors are merely caused by ordinary stress and would simply go away by habitually taking time off from work. These assumptions are utterly incorrect, to say the least. It is, thus, important to know whether the illness you believe you have matches correctly to the kind you actually have.

The existence of chronic fatigue syndrome is difficult to determine because it usually starts just like any ordinary fatigue. Eventually though, it develops into an even chronic kind that could bother you for six months or more without exhibiting the usual conditions of an ordinary fatigue. Then you go to your physician regarding your significantly shortened memory or long concentration difficulties and he tells you, you’re just fine.

This erroneous finding is precisely due to the fact that the doctor does not recognize the known conditions that cause fatigue in cases of chronic fatigue syndrome. Further, some other symptoms for chronic fatigue syndrome would usually reveal themselves simultaneously or one after another. This includes having a recurring sore throat, softening of the lymph nodes (cervical or axillary), hypersensitivity, aching of the muscles and joints minus a manifest swelling (myalgia and arthralgia), a distinct and severe kind of headache that occurs in a pattern, and occasional lasting tiredness that is not alleviated by rest but, instead, worsens by more physical or mental exertion.

Chronic fatigue syndrome does not only affect a particular group of individuals. Rather, it significantly bothers a varied composition of males and females, young and adults alike, although it has been found to be prevalent in four of every a thousand people and to more women than men. It could be, however, that more women report about this illness than men do. Nonetheless, it gets in between you and your normal life. What’s even worse is it could lead to other emotional and psychological complications like depression. Further, it could threaten other aspects of your life such as your happiness and productivity.

Exact findings as to the precise cause of chronic fatigue syndrome have been hard to pin down. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a very complex disorder that usually occur consequent to a cold or viral infection. Many studies have ventured into the unknown causes of chronic fatigue syndrome and have come up with a combination of methodologies to alleviate its symptoms. Some attempts have been successful, while some not quite. However, what is crucial to these attempts has been the timely discovery of chronic fatigue syndrome at its onset.