Unfortunately for those that suffer from this debilitating condition, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is all too real.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is one of the most complicated and difficult conditions to diagnose as its symptoms mimic those of may other conditions and diseases such as mononucleosis, flu, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, mental illness, general depression, and thyroid disorders. There are no lab tests or test of any kind that can accurately diagnose this illness. It is only after many weeks of crushing fatigue that this condition is suspected. It is often six months before the condition is positively confirmed.
Some of the most common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include; unremitting weariness, sleep that fails to refresh, difficulty concentrating, headache, and sore throat. Other symptoms include aches and pains, breathlessness, feelings of panic, diarrhea, stomach pain, night sweats, and chills. The severity of these symptoms may wax and wane. It is easy to see from this list that diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a long and difficult process.
To diagnose what is now considered a disease, all other possible causes of the symptoms must first be investigated and eliminated.
Although the causes of this condition are not fully understood, some factors that may be related are dysfunctions of the immune system, problems related to blood sugar, anemia, hormone levels and blood pressure. There may also be a connection with allergies, viral infections, and depression. Although not confirmed as fact, the disease seems to be more prevalent in woman and more prevalent during middle age.
There is as yet no absolute cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Present treatments include medications as needed for pain, depression, and rest. Most measures for good general health also apply. Eat well, exercise in moderation, rest as needed, maintain as many of your normal activities as possible, do the things that you enjoy, do not push yourself, try to stay positive, and remember the ancient wisdom that: “This too shall pass.”
Total recovery from this condition depends on getting prompt medical attention for unexplained or severe fatigue, remaining patient until a diagnosis is made, and then doing all you can to ensure your own recovery. Studies of this disease are ongoing, and several experimental therapies are showing promise that a cure is in store.