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Tired of Chronic Fatigue?

Posted Aug 06 2011 11:48pm
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Chronic fatigue can be an extremely frustrating condition. It can’t be explained by any underlying medical issues, and there are no tests to confirm a diagnosis of the condition. It may become worse over time due to physical and mental activity, and yet the only “cure” is to manage the symptoms.

Fatigue is obviously the main symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome, but to officially diagnose the condition those who suffer from it undergo a number of medical tests to rule out other issues that have the same symptoms. These basic symptoms include losing memory or having problems concentrating, sore throat, muscle pain, headaches, pain that moves from joint to joint and enlarged lymph nodes. Perhaps the most frustrating symptom is extreme exhaustion, which lasts for more than 24 hours after physical or mental
exercise, yet sleep leaves people feeling unrefreshed and unrested.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if you may come down with chronic fatigue syndrome. Scientists aren’t sure what causes the
condition, but they believe that there are a variety of factors in the right combinations that may affect people who are born with a predisposition for it. Many people develop chronic fatigue syndrome after having a viral infection, and some people who develop it seem to have a repressed immune system, so both of these factors may have something to do with the development of chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition, those who develop the condition often experience abnormal hormone levels in the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and adrenal glands. Nonetheless, none of these particular factors offers any definitive explanations for the development of chronic fatigue syndrome.

As with any medical condition, there are a host of drugs that doctors may prescribe to address the issue. Antidepressants and sleeping pills along with a therapeutic regimen that includes both graded exercise and psychological counseling are the most common ways to address the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

However, people who suffer from this condition have lots of options for addressing it on their own by making lifestyle changes and utilizing alternative medicine. Because chronic fatigue syndrome seems to be exacerbated with physical and mental strain, make it a point to reduce stress in your life. Give yourself time to relax, and limit physical and mental overexertion. Foster healthy sleeping habits by developing a routine and avoiding daytime naps, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.

There are a number of alternative remedies that may assist in keeping chronic fatigue syndrome at bay as well. Acupuncture, massage, yoga and tai chiall of which help relax the body and mind in some waymay help to alleviate the pain associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition, regular visits for upper cervical chiropractic care help address many of the symptoms prevalent with the condition. The spinal cord assists your energy through your nervous system and body. With regular visits, you are ensuring the spinal cord is at optimal performance keeping your energy flow balanced, and your nervous system healthy. Helping the body care for itself is one of the best ways to manage the pain, fatigue, headaches and other issues that plague sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome. When you put the care of your body in your own hands, that immediately removes a layer of stress and puts you one step closer to a full and healthy recovery.

“Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” MayoClinic.com. Retrieved June 19, 2011 from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/DS00395 .

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