Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Real? How Common Is It?

by Laurel Scott

Have you heard about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and think that you might be suffering from it? If you want to know you’re suffering from it or not, then answer these questions.

  • Do you have extreme chronic fatigue and exhaustion for six months or more?
  • Is your memory or focus not as good as it used to be?
  • Do you have a sore throat, tender lymph nodes, muscle pain, headaches, or loss of sleep?

If the answer of the above mentioned questions is yes, then there’s a strong possibility that you’re suffering from Chronic fatigue Syndrome.

What Is Chronic Fatigue?

Chronic exhaustion disorder is a crippling health issue described as genuine weakness that won’t go away even after getting proper rest and sleep, or by changing mindset. Some health practitioners often use three different names for chronic exhaustion:

  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis
  • Post-viral fatigue syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome

Since symptoms of CFS are so unclear and nonspecific, it’s tough for patients to clarify their agony. They are regularly misunderstood or judged by companions as lazy. Patients are then compelled to live in agony and with the disgrace of being considered as a person who is abnormally anxious about their health. Due to modern lifestyle, CFS has become quite common these days.

What Are The Reasons Behind The Occurrence Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

After more than 30 years of research, the real reason behind the occurrence of chronic fatigue syndrome is yet unknown. Actually, it’s not only one trigger or cause, but it’s a blend of various infectious mediums, mental and physiological, and numerous reasons.

  • Low blood sugar
  • Environmental and genetic factors
  • Dysfunction of immune system
  • Anaemia or iron deficiency
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • The roles of the endocrine, immune, and nervous systems

Who Is Affected By Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

  • Individuals of all ages, gender, and ethnicity
  • Mostly people above 30 years of age, but there are many cases where Teenagers and children are also affected by CFS.

How Common Is CFS?

Around 5 in every 1,000 Australians are diagnosed to have CFS. These individuals used to be healthy and active before CFS affected them, and now they’re mentally and physically exhausted.

How To Prevent Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

  • Reduce stress. Find time to relax.
  • Go for Workout & Exercise routinely. Begin slowly and build your body. Activities, for example, swimming, brisk walk, biking, and aerobics, and other relaxation activities are useful.
  • Get enough rest & sleep. Go to bed in the same time every night and cut down napping time during the day.
  • Pace your lifestyle and keep your movement on an even level. Try not to exhaust yourself.
  • Keep up a healthy way of life to fight Chronic Fatigue. Eat a balanced diet, drink lot of liquids, cut down intake of caffeine, quit smoking, get sufficient rest, and exercise on a regular basis. Develop a hobby that offers mental and physical relaxation.
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