Unraveling the mystery: Doctors reveal why some experience extreme fatigue despite no medical condition
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Did you know that May 12 is observed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day worldwide?
This day is observed to raise awareness about this debilitating condition and show support for those affected by it. Now, you may be wondering, “What exactly is this medical condition?”
Let’s find out.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also called myalgic encephalomyelitis, is a debilitating disorder that is difficult to diagnose and treat. It is characterized by severe fatigue that lasts for more than six months and cannot be attributed to any other medical condition.
The fatigue is often exacerbated by physical or mental activity and is not improved by rest.
The exact cause of CFS is unknown, but it’s thought to be caused by a number of factors, including immune system dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, and genetic predisposition.
What are the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Following are some symptoms of CFS that can vary from person to person:
- extreme fatigue after physical or mental exercise.
- muscle and joint pain.
- difficulty concentrating and remembering things.
- not feeling refreshed even after a good sleep.
- sore throat, and
- sore lymph nodes in the armpits and neck
Some people with this condition may also be extra sensitive to light, smell, and the smell of food and medicines.
What causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Although the precise cause of CFS is not yet known, researchers believe it may be caused due to
- Genetics: this condition tends to run in some families.
- Infections: viral infections caused by EBV, RRV, rubella virus, and human herpesvirus 6 have been found to cause CFS. Infections caused by bacteria include Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Coxiella burnetii.
- Trauma: both physical and emotional trauma have been known to cause CFS.
- Inability to utilize energy: some people who have problems converting body sugar and fats into energy have been found to have CFS.
How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosed?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a very complex condition to diagnose.
To accurately diagnose CFS, a doctor must first rule out other conditions that can mimic CFS symptoms, such as liver or kidney disease, hypothyroidism, obesity, sleep disorders, or the side effects of certain medications or alcohol.
Only when other medical conditions have been eliminated as potential causes can a doctor diagnose CFS. If you are experiencing extreme fatigue or other symptoms associated with CFS, it is important to speak with your doctor rather than attempting to self-diagnose.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome treatment
Currently, there’s no treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. However, a doctor can help manage your symptoms and improve quality of life.
Treatment options often include
- Lifestyle modifications, and
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
It is important to work with a doctor to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
When to see a doctor?
It may be time to see a medical doctor if you are experiencing persistent fatigue that is not alleviated by rest and is significantly impacting your daily life.
It’s also important to seek the right medical attention if you are experiencing other symptoms, such as unexplained weight loss, fever, or severe headaches, as these may be signs of an underlying medical condition that requires immediate attention.
At MFine, we understand the impact that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can have on your life. Our team of experienced doctors can help diagnose and manage your symptoms, develop a personalized treatment plan, and provide ongoing support and care.
With MFine, you can consult a doctor from the comfort of your home using the MFine app. Our services are accessible, affordable, and tailored to your specific needs. Say goodbye to long waiting hours and crowded waiting rooms; with MFine, you can now get the care you need when you need it.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day 2023 is an opportunity to raise awareness about this crippling condition and provide support to those affected by it. While the exact cause of CFS is still unknown, there are several treatment options available that may help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. By increasing understanding and research efforts, we can work towards better treatment options and improved quality of life for individuals with CFS.
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