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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Onset With Menopause

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Working with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can make even normal daily activities become an exhaustive process for individuals affected by it. While the origins of this condition are still unknown, the symptoms seem to be linked to stress, illnesses with long-term effects, and poor dietary habits. The effects of chronic fatigue syndrome can vary in length for an individual, ranging from a few years, to even several years before a patient will start to feel the effects of remission.

Effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on the Body

Chronic fatigue syndrome has numerous effects on the body as it weakens a person's energy level, as well as their state of mind. Related symptoms can include: Fatigue, cognitive difficulty, post-exertion fatigue, restlessness after sleep, depression, and flu-like symptoms. If left untreated, chronic fatigue syndrome can cause a long-term decline on the overall quality of life, and affect other functions in the body.

The Onset of Menopause

Menopause is a permanent, natural and psychological change in a woman's menstrual cycle. This means that a woman's monthly menstrual cycle stops during middle age (usually after the age of forty), and signifies that the fertile phase of a woman's life is over. When this happens, the ovaries stop producing an ovum (or egg) every month, which halts hormone production and the reproductive system ceases to function.

Symptoms of Menopause

There are several physical and psychological changes that occur during menopause, such as hot flashes, depression and feelings of anxiety, mood swings, and lack of concentration. As menopause is an inevitable stage in a woman's life, it is important to recognize and treat the symptoms as they occur. For treating menopause, hormone therapy (known as hormone replacement therapy) is often used.

Menopause and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

During menopause onset, it is possible that body changes can also trigger the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome. Due to some similarities in the symptoms of menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome, the effects of one condition can have adverse effects on the other. Antidepressants can be prescribed by a doctor in the treatment of both conditions. For those seeking a more natural remedy, several options are available to help with the symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. Women can consider the following natural treatments for use:

  • Phytoestrogens
  • Isoflavones - found in soy milk, tofu and soybeans.
  • Black cohosh
  • Evening primrose oil - (check with a doctor if using other medications).
  • Flaxseed
  • Dong quai

Other herbal supplements, such as calcium, chaste berry, fish oil, gingko biloba, ginseng, gotu kola, licorice root, omega-3 fatty acids, passion flower, red clover, rice bran oil, sage, sasparilla, valerian root and wild yam are useful supplements to lessen the effects of menopause.

Keeping Your Body under Control

While menopause can be a major change in a woman's life, it does not have to change a person's daily routine, or the symptoms for any other condition. Consult with a physician to see what options are available so that the best decisions can be made to raise the quality of life. Sources:

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