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February 2, 2010 at 9:49 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Handling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition that can significantly reduce a person's energy level, and makes even normal daily activities become an exhaustive process. While the origins of this disorder are unknown, the symptoms have been linked to origins related to stress, illnesses with long-term effects, and poor dietary habits. While each individual case is different, the lasting effects of chronic fatigue syndrome can vary in length from a few years, to even several years before a patient's symptoms will begin to alleviate.

A Case By Case Basis

Each individual affected by chronic fatigue syndrome may not experience the same symptoms as someone else who has the disorder. While the general symptoms of physical exhaustion, depression muscle weakness, cognitive dysfunction, poor immune response and anxiety may be similar, the level of intensity, the frequency of the symptoms, or the length of the condition before it enters remission can vary on a case by case basis.

The Difficulty of Diagnosis

Chronic fatigue syndrome's initial onset of symptoms can be mistaken for a flu-like illness, or can begin to show symptoms suddenly and drastically. This unpredictability of the condition can be difficult to diagnose in patients as so little is actually known about the disease. These factors can cause doctors to take up to a year to in order to effectively diagnose the condition, as there is no way to tell what causes it, how long it takes to the condition to run its current course until it stabilizes, and how long chronic fatigue syndrome will stay in remission. Due to its unpredictable qualities, many patients have attempted to find relief through alternative care and medicines.

Relief through Medicine and Exercise

Total body rest is not recommended for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome as it leaves the body in worse shape. Light aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, or bicycling, is important in dealing with the condition's negative effects. Treating the physical and psychological aspects of chronic fatigue syndrome is very important. Getting counseling can help to relieve some of the mental symptoms, regardless of whether the individual is depressed or not. Pain relievers and antidepressants can also help to relieve some of the symptoms, as they can help to control an individual's mood, the level of physical discomfort, and ease any issues with insomnia. Alternative medicines, such as herbs and vitamin supplements, have been used for teas and aromatherapy purposes. Various oils, dried extracts, glycerites and tinctures such as ginseng, Echinacea, licorice, astragulus and Pau d"arco, have been used to stimulate and strengthen the immune system and adrenal glands.

Finding a Healthy balance

Due to the unpredictable nature of chronic fatigue syndrome, the condition's symptoms can affect each person differently. As with any health situation, it is important to check with a doctor to see which recovery techniques will prove to be the most effective. The chances of remission increase through continued care adopting new routines based on the conditions limitations, and through maintaining proper diet and exercise.

Sources: http://www.cfs-recovery.org/introduc.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/cfs/cfsbasicfacts.htm

http://www.healthandage.com/html/res/com/ConsConditions/ChronicFatigueSyndromecc.html

http://www.webmd.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/graded-exercise-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome

http://www.webmd.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-treatment-overview

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