How Does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Progress
The cause of and cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome continues to elude researchers. At best, they have been able to discern a few factors that may contribute to the cause of CFS. Some of the factors may include genetics and a weakened immune system. CFS is also known to develop after bouts of illnesses such as mononucleosis or the flu. Periods of high stress have also brought about CFS symptoms. However, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can strike with no warning whatsoever. It is difficult to diagnose because its main symptom, fatigue, is vague and can be a symptom of several other illnesses. The onset of the fatigue can be slow or rapid, and there are a few other indicators as the illness progresses.
Stages of Symptoms
It is generally reported that symptoms are at their worst in the beginning. These symptoms include fatigue, cognitive difficulties, sore throat, muscle pain, and unrefreshing sleep. Later, your symptoms may let up and then either get worse again or disappear entirely. Within a year or so, many people may return to health while others will continue to struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for years. It is also suggested that seasonal change may onset CFS, as diagnoses are done between November and January.
The Effects of CFS
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has a broad range of impact. Some people find that their symptoms do not impair their day to day living much, while others feel severely hampered by the exhaustion, soreness, and cognitive difficulties. There are three different stages CFS patients find themselves in:
- Most people are still able to perform daily work and home activities but find they are very tired after doing them. They will scale back social and fun activities to reserve energy for work and family.
- Some people have greater trouble completing day to day activities of working and house chores. They have to make significant changes to their routine to be able to maximize what energy they have.
- People with extreme symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have difficulties even getting out of bed and need help with the most basic of tasks including eating and dressing.
Depression and CFS
Long-lasting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will bring about depression in approximately 50 -66% of its victims. If you find yourself succumbing to depression, you should remember:
- Your mind and body are connected. Just as your physical health is beginning to take its toll on your mental health, your mental health has the same power to affect your body. A positive attitude can dramatically influence your CFS progression.
- Treat your fatigue with respect as an illness and document your feelings and activities in a logbook. This will help you manage your symptoms and return to good health.
- Depression can have a very negative effect on any illness including CFS, so don't assume it will go away on its own; talk to your doctor about solutions for your depression, which may in turn lessen your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Remember that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is absolutely not all in your head, and research is ongoing as the cause and cure continue to remain a mystery. It is important to treat your symptoms before they progress, as they tend to exacerbate each other.
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