Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatments

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a fairly new condition and its legitimacy is controversial. Read on to find out the symptoms, causes and treatment.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a fairly new condition, or newly recognized condition, as the case may be. Its' legitimacy is also highly controversial. CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) was first recognized in 1988. Some doctors believe this disorder is legitimate, but there are other doctors who do not.

The symptoms of CFS include but are not limited to:


-extreme fatigue

-joint pain

-tender lymph nodes

-muscle pain

-sore throat

-forgetfulness and inability to concentrate


The cause of CFS is unknown. At one time, it was believed that CFS was caused by the Ebstein-Barr virus, which is the same virus that causes mononucleosis. Most doctors and researchers do believe that it is caused by a virus. The onset is rather odd. The onset is usually very quick, it is often thought to be the flu or a cold the person is coming down with. The fatigue does not get better, even after lots of rest.

CFS can be difficult to diagnose. There's no test to confirm a diagnosis of CFS. Most of the time doctors will do blood test and other tests to rule out other problems, such as thyroid, or blood disorders, to zero in on a diagnosis of CFS.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for CFS and also no proven treatment, because it is so new. If you feel you may have this disorder, see you doctor. If you do have CFS, get plenty of rest, eat a well balanced diet, take a multivitamin and get plenty of sleep. Treatment is aimed at preventing or relieving symptoms. Take anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, Aleve or ibuprofen for pain, fever and muscle and joint aches. For whatever reason, it has been shown that low doses of antidepressants sometimes help relieve some of the symptoms. More research is being done on this disorder.

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