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How to manage Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS), is characterized by extreme fatigue without any underlying medical condition.


Women are two to four times more likely to be diagnosed with CFS than men. [1]


-Medical Diagnosis required
-Cant be cured, but treatment can help
-Chronic, may last for a lifetime


The causes of CFS are yet to be ascertained. Some possible explanations include viral infection, psychological stress, environmental, or genetic factors.


Symptoms:


The most common symptom is severe fatigue that interferes with your daily activities and has been affecting you for at least six months.
Other symptoms of CFS may include:
- severe fatigue thats not improved by rest
- post-exertional malaise (PEM), where your symptoms get worse after any physical or mental activity
- loss of memory or concentration
- feeling unrefreshed after a nights sleep
- chronic insomnia (and other sleep disorders)
- muscle pain
- frequent headaches
- multi-joint pain without redness or swelling
- frequent sore throat
- tender and swollen lymph nodes in your neck and armpits
People are sometimes affected by CFS in cycles, with periods of feeling worse and then better again. The cycle of remission and relapse can make it difficult to manage your symptoms.


Treatment


There is no cure for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and hence the treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms
Self-care:
- Activity Management can help balance rest and activity to avoid flare-ups of PEM.
- Cutting down on caffeine helps in easing insomnia
Medication:
If CFS triggers depression, antidepressants may help.


Specialists:


Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a complex condition and expert advice should be sought for correct diagnosis and management of your condition. Feel free to contact us at mfine for our professional guidance regarding all issues related to your overall health and well-being.

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